Samuel D. Whitney

December 4, 1923 - June 10, 2013
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Loving Father, Grandfather, Brother, Uncle, and Friend

Samuel D. Whitney, Jr., 89, of Rockford, formerly of Belvidere, died in his home on Monday, June 10, 2013. Born December 4, 1923 in Rockford; son of Samuel D. and Bertha (Hood) Whitney, Sr. Married Irene E. Scott on December 11, 1948 in Belvidere; she died October 29, 2009. Served in the US Army during WWII. He arrived on Normandy Beach on June 7, 1944, fought in the Battle of the Bulge, and drove the first truck over the Remagen Bridge. He was appointed Belvidere Postmaster December of 1969, serving the postal service for over 30 years and had been secretary-treasurer for the Boone-McHenry County Postmasters Association. After retiring, he drove school bus for the Belvidere School District. Member of First United Methodist Church, Boone County Gardeners of America, was on the IDA Library Board, a 32nd degree Mason, a Shriner, and delivered Meals on Wheels for Lifescape.Survivors include his daughter Cathy J. (Jay) Trost of Rockford; sons Curtis S. (Kathleen) Whitney of Rochelle, Stuart D. (Sarah) Whitney of Rockford; granddaughters Shannon Whitney (Rohit) Sirur of Pune, India, Erika J. (Michael) Long of Naperville, Kelly J. Whitney of Boulder, CO, Kayla C. (Ian Kudingo) Whitney of Rockford; grandson Jeffrey C. Trost of Evanston; great-grandchildren Siddharth Whitney, Ashwini Angara, Kendallyn Irene, and Stella Margaret; brothers Robert (Cora) Whitney, Lorenzo (Joan) Whitney; sister Nan (Ferris) Tindell; sister-in-law Barbara Whitney; several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents, wife Irene, and brother Ronald Whitney.

Memorials may be given to the Boone County Gardeners of America, 8712 Sheffield Drive, Belvidere, IL 61008, or to the Shriners Children’s Hospital, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL, 33607.

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Funeral 11 AM, Saturday, June 15, 2013 in Buck-Wheeler-Hyland Funeral Home, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave., Belvidere with Sharon Heldman, president of Shining Light 2 Seniors, officiating. Private burial in Belvidere Cemetery. Visitation 10 AM until time of service in the funeral home.


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Born: December 4, 1923
Died: June 10, 2013

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Lajon posted on 6/17/13

My deepest condolences, May your family have comfort of knowing that soon God will remove pain and death forever here on earth(Isaiah 25:8)(Revelation 21:3,4)


Mike and Marcia Aramovich posted on 6/11/13

We are sending loving thoughts and deepest sympathy to Cathy and Jay, Erika, Mike and Jeff, as well as the entire Whitney family. Sam will be missed.


Judy Johnson posted on 6/12/13

Dear Kathy:I am so very sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. I had been thinking alot about him in the past few months too. I am so glad I had the pleasure of knowing your Dad, as well as you too. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. We had a lot of fun times and story telling when he was living here, and when you would bring him to visit etc. He will certainly be missed. Now he is with your Mom. Love to all of you. Judy Johnson


Lori Huff posted on 6/13/13

Stu, Sarah & Kayla I am so sorry for your loss. I lover you guys!!


Roger Duenas and Bob Pomerenke posted on 6/14/13

Loving thoughts and prayers to the Trost and Whitney family. Sam will be missed.


Lorenzo and Joan Whitney & Family posted on 6/22/13

Our heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathy in the passing of your loved one Sam. We have loved him for a long time. All our children and children's children send their condolences also. Joan and Ren Whitney