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Richard B. Whiting, 85, passed away at his home in Shelley on Monday, October 4th.
Richard was born in Idaho Falls to Carl and Delilah Whiting, and graduated from Idaho Falls High School in 1955. Richard served in the US Navy for four years where he trained as an electrician.
Richard married his sweetheart Juanita Rawson Whiting in 1963 after meeting Juanita at a young singles activity where Juanita fought other girls off to be the one sitting on the ice cream making machine that Richard was churning. They were married in the Idaho Falls Temple, and stayed together through thick and thin for 58 years.
He was employed for many years with AT &T Technologies as a phone technician. He worked out of town a majority of the time, but his good salary made it possible for his wife to stay home with their five children. He would commute home every weekend, and sometimes made a special long drive to be home for special events. After an early retirement from AT & T, he decided to fulfill a lifelong desire to drive big trucks. This second career in truck driving lasted for more than fifteen years.
Richard was preceded in death by his wife Juanita, daughter Sandi, and one granddaughter, Tazia Kraus.
Richard is survived by two younger brothers, Robert Whiting of Shelley, and Marvin Whiting of Utah, four children, Jolene Whiting, Julie (Stuart) Kraus, Carl (Margie) Whiting, and Bart (Leann) Whiting, and nine wonderful grandchildren.
Richard had driven many, many miles to watch sporting events, listen to piano and singing recitals, and sit in the audience at his grandchildren’s plays and performances. He enjoyed camping trips in his camper with his wife and other family.
Richard’s grandchildren are Brandon Whiting, Jacob Whiting, Makenzie Kraus, Ashley Whiting, Andrew Kraus, Ethan Whiting, Emily Whiting, Megan Whiting, and Ainsley Kraus. These children all loved their grandpa dearly.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, October 9, 2021 at the Shelley South Stake Center, 675 South Milton. The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6:00 till 7:30 P.M at Nalder Funeral Home, 110 W Oak Street in Shelley and Saturday morning from 10:00 till 10:40 A.M at the church. Burial will be in the Shelley Hillcrest Cemetery with military rites.
Friday, October 8, 2021
6:00 - 7:30pm (Mountain time)
Nalder Funeral Home
Saturday, October 9, 2021
10:00 - 10:40am (Mountain time)
Saturday, October 9, 2021
Starts at 11:00am (Mountain time)
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