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In Memory of

James Wendell Whiteside

May 22, 1916 - May 7, 2017

Obituary


James Wendell Whiteside was born May 22, 1916 in Nevada, Mo and died 15 days short of his 101st birthday on May 7, 2017. He was the oldest and last survivor of 5 children. Jim met his wife, Esther, in Kansas City, Mo in 1940 and after a long 5 week courtship they were married on December 7 of that year. It was a successful marriage that lasted just short of 72 years and produced two sons, Gary and Bryan. On their first anniversary Peal Harbor was bombed and Jim immediately signed up to serve....

James Wendell Whiteside was born May 22, 1916 in Nevada, Mo and died 15 days short of his 101st birthday on May 7, 2017. He was the oldest and last survivor of 5 children. Jim met his wife, Esther, in Kansas City, Mo in 1940 and after a long 5 week courtship they were married on December 7 of that year. It was a successful marriage that lasted just short of 72 years and produced two sons, Gary and Bryan. On their first anniversary Peal Harbor was bombed and Jim immediately signed up to serve. During his service in the Army Air Corp he was shot down behind enemy lines in Yugoslavia and was MIA for 4 months. In 1980 he retired from a successful career in sales and promotion with Rockwell International at which time the couple moved to Sun City West where he was a 3-time hole in one golfer. Jim and Esther were avid square and round dancers for 25 years. They continued their life-long practice of their faith at the Shepherd of the Hills United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Esther, and son Bryan. He is survived by his son, Gary, his wife Lucille and their children Robert (Sherice) and Selina Whiteside. Great grandchildren include Robert's sons Caselle, John, Joshua and August and Selina's sons Isaiah and Carmello. He is also survived by his daughter-in-law Donna Whiteside, nieces and nephews Virginia Smith, Tim Smith, Marcia Whiteside and Frank Whiteside.
The family requests any donations be made to Hospice of the West.
www.HospiceWestAZ.com