Reser Funeral Home
James J. Whitworth – “In the hands of Jesus” Born 9/30/1923 in Kansas City, Kansas, died June 16, 2013 Edwards, Mo.
He was one of 6 children born to the marriage of James Monroe Whitworth and Lillian May (Walters) Whitworth. He is preceded in death by brothers Walter & Oscar, sisters Peggy, Pansy, and Nellie.
He served his country in the United States Military in the 101st Airborne as a paratrooper and a combat medic in World War 2 in Europe. He fought bravely in the battle of the Bulge. He then transferred to the 82nd Airborne once he returned home. He was a member of the Greatest Generation who won the greatest war and allowed us to have the freedom we have today.
He later married Stella R. Robinson who brought two children to the marriage. They celebrated their 50 wedding anniversary February 12, 2000 by renewing their wedding vows at Lazy Acres Baptist Church. To this marriage was born 3 children, William Ike, Edward Marion, and Judy Rose Whitworth. One of his great gifts was to treat us as family – all five of us. They also raised their grandsons, James Monroe Whitworth and Joseph Hertzog. From these seven, he leaves 13 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren and 3 great – great grandchildren and too many nieces and nephews to count. He and Stella loved them all.
For years he and his family lived in Muncie, Kansas where he worked two jobs to provide for his growing family. In 1956 he purchased a lot in Lick Creek Resort on the Lake of the Ozarks, where he built his first cabin. In 1967 Stella moved to Lake of the Ozarks with Judy. Dad continued to work in Kansas City and commuted to the Lake on Weekends
Dad worked as a Tool and Die make, retired at age 80 from Wentworth Tool and Die in Grain Valley, Missouri. He celebrated over 60 plus years in his profession and as valued and loyal Machinist and Union member.
The last several years he worked as a farmer on his home place, which he built with his own hands in Edwards, Missouri. He raised cattle, worked on his tractors, and worked long hours in the hay fields.
He attended Lazy Acres Baptist Church. He was member of the Delaware Masonic lodge in Kansas City, member of the VFW Post 3600 of Climax Springs, Missouri
He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers, 3 sisters, 2 sons, Billy and Eddie, and his loving wife Stella who he goes to join in heaven.
He leaves to morn him sons, Jim & his wife Pam Bush, Terry and his wife Linda Bush, grandson James Monroe and wife Jennifer Whitworth, Joseph & Cathy Hertzog, great-grandson, Hunter Goff, and daughter Judy Whitworth who for the last several years has filled the role of care giver. He also leaves many nieces, nephews, friends, co-workers, and faithful generations for his service in the United States Military to protect our freedoms.
Funeral Services will be at 11:00 A.M. Thursday morning, June 20, 2013, at the Reser Funeral Home in Warsaw with Rev. Gineth Hudson. Burial will be in the Cable Ridge Cemetery near Edwards, Missouri.
Visitation will start at 7:000 P.M. Wednesday evening at the funeral home with Masonic Services to begin at 7:30 PM.