LELAND EARL WHITMAN

Leland Earl Whitman, 78, of Sheboygan Falls, received the ultimate reward of his unwavering faith in his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, early Thursday morning, July 5, 2018 at the Waterford in Plymouth after a courageous 9-year battle with Alzheimer’s.

He was born on October 17, 1939 in Sacaton, AZ, son of the late Milford and Margaret (Watson) Whitman. Leland attended Franklin Elementary and Grace Court Elementary in Phoenix and graduated from Phoenix Union High School in 1956.

His first job was as a paperboy, riding on a Black Schwinn bike his father bought for him. In his teens he worked at Jack’s Market, Frontier Potato Chip Company, and a doughnut shop where he brought home chocolate covered doughnuts for his family.

He was later employed at the YMCA in Arizona working with the kids of Grey Y which he very much enjoyed.

At a youth retreat in the mountains, Leland first heard the song, “Let There Be Peace On Earth” and it remained one of Leland’s favorites.

Leland attended Arizona State University for one year before joining the United States Marine Corps. He served in the Marines from 1957- 1961, trained at Camp Pendleton, CA, and was stationed in Okinawa, Japan. He was very proud of his military record.

Following his service, Leland moved to Wisconsin where he worked at Kohler Company for over 25 years, starting as a draftsman and finishing his career as an enamelware inspector.

He married Karen Ann Willadsen on November 24, 1962. She preceded him in death in 1968. On July 11, 1970, he married Carol Ann Bigler at Sheboygan Falls Faith United Methodist Church, where he later served as a lay minister. Leland enjoyed golfing, bowling, mowing the lawn, and hiking in the Kettles.

He also loved anything that had to do with music. He played guitar and sang at many events, including weddings, throughout his life.

Many remember Leland for his role as “Psalty, the Singing Songbook”, a children’s Christian musical.

His greatest joy was his family - making memories with his cherished wife, Carol, and his children. Especially dear to his heart were his grandchildren who always lit up his smile.

Survivors include Wife, Carol of Sheboygan Falls; Three children: Denise (Paul) Arpke of Sheboygan Falls, Laura (Russ) Otten of Sheboygan, and Eric (Angela) Whitman of Flower Mound, TX; Six grandchildren: Alex Arpke, Heather Arpke, Cade Whitman, Elizabeth Whitman, Aaron Whitman, and Phoenix Otten; Two sisters: Carol (Michael) Horton of Gilbert, AZ and Merle Whitman of Phoenix, AZ; Four brothers-inlaw: Lonny (Carol) Bigler of Wild Rose, WI, Jon Bigler of Waldo, Tom (Darlene) Bigler and Ricky (Nancy) Bigler, both of Sheboygan Falls; and Best friend & Marine buddy: Robert (Gloria) De Groff of Sheboygan Falls. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Leland was preceded in death by His parents; Wife, Karen; Infant daughter, Amy; Siblings; Carol, Betty and Karen.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at the Suchon Funeral Home in Plymouth. Pastor Andy Shanholtz officiated. Burial will be in the Sheboygan Falls Cemetery. The Plymouth VFW World Cheese Center Post #5612 conducted military rites following the services.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established in Leland’s name. The Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Plymouth is assisting the family. For online condolences, please visit www.suchonfh.com.

The family thanks the staff at the Waterford East and the Sharon S. Richardson Hospice for their care of Leland.


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