Walter Lyle WhitingJanuary 31, 1914 – October 22, 2004
Walter Lyle Whiting, 90, died Friday, Oct. 22, at his home in Cody, Wyo., of complications following pneumonia. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, at the Cody United Methodist Church with the Reverend Mary Barbee officiating. Masonic graveside services with the Honor Guard will take place at Riverside Cemetery with Ballard Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. He was born in Nora, Neb., on January 31, 1914, to Wilson Walter Ida (Orner) Whiting. He spent most of his childhood in and around the Grand Island, Neb., area except for a short time spent on a family orange orchard in California. He graduated from Alda High School, one of a class of eight in 1932. He stayed on the farm with his parents while attending Kearney State Teacher’s College, graduating in 1937.He continued farming and a life-long career with a priority in education as he began teaching in a one-room school (K-12) in Alda, Neb. He married Maxine Bossen, another one-room school teacher June 2, 1940, in Ord, Neb.He served in the U.S. Army in World War II. After his service, he returned to Nebraska in 1947 to farm and teach. He received a master’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. He was superintendent of the Alda, Palmer, and Shelton schools ad principal in Green River, Wyo. He moved to Cody where he was superintendent of the high school.Lyle continued with his interest in education and youth and was involved with the activities at Cody High School. He had a lifelong interest in education serving on the school board when he was in his early 80s.He was actively involved with the Cody Chamber of Commerce; Rotary International; Lions Club; Stampede Board; all the Masonic Orders; and Eastern Star, serving as president and a variety of other offices.His parents and wife preceded him in death.He married Leona Geis February 18, 1990, in Cody, Wyo., where they lived until his death.He is survived by his wife, Leona; sister, Beth Kleager, Cheyenne, Wyo.; son, Bryan (Kathy) Whiting, and their children, Amanda, Eric, and Jason of Glenwood Springs; daughter, Adele Miccio, and her children, Anthony and Claire, of State College, Pa.; daughter, Cheryl (Gerald) Williams, Gillette, Wyo., and their children, Jaci (Eric) Wright of Owatonna, Minn., Jana (Brandon) Selk, Spearfish, S.D. and Cheri (Jeremy) Cook, Spearfish; son, James (Marianne) Geis, Aladdin, Wyo., their children, Stephen of Aladdin, Jennifer (Flint) Smith of Casper, Wyo., and Michelle Geis of Rapid City, S.D.; and a sister-in-law, Dianne (Bob) Gimpel, of Aurora, Neb. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews and other relatives; and seven great grandchildren: Mallory and Cameron Wright; Madison and Carson Selk; Samantha and Thomas Cook; and Sydney Smith.Memorials for Lyle may be made to the Youth Scholarship Fund of the United Methodist Church which is given to graduating seniors of Cody High School.Memorials for Lyle may be made to the Youth Scholarship Fund of the United Methodist Church which is given to graduating seniors of Cody High School.
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