PAULDING -- Alan Ray Whirrett passed away quietly following surgery at St. Rita's Hospital, Lima, on Sunday, January 6, 2013, at 11:15 p.m.
Alan was born in Paulding County, Ohio, to Bill and Edith (Haney) Whirrett on March 11, 1928. On July 28, 1951, he married Deloris Reinhart, who survives. He retired as chief warrant officer from the U.S. Army active reserve and was a Korean War veteran. He retired from American Tool Co., Fort Wayne, as plant engineer and was an active family owner of Don's Dairy, New Hampshire, Ohio. He opened his precision shop at home for many years and when able loved gardening, fishing and more recently enjoyed the farm and pond. He was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Paulding, and a life member of VFW Post 587 and John Paulding Historical Society.
He is survived by his wife, Deloris Whirrett, Paulding; a son, Donald, Paulding, a brother, Robert (Melba), Indianapolis; an aunt, Betty Copsey, Payne; and three nephews.
A mass of Christian burial will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, January 11, 2013, at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Paulding, and he will be laid to rest at St. Paul Cemetery with military rites accorded by VFW Post 587. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, January 10, 2013, with a rosary service at 6:30 p.m. at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.
To honor Alan's wishes, the family requests in lieu of flowers, plaques or throws, donations may be made to Masses; Friends of Feline Rescue Center; or a charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com.