Harold Whitmer

Harold L. Whitmer

June 6, 1931 - December 8, 2020
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Harold L. Whitmer, 89, of Clinton, Iowa passed away peacefully at Winning Wheels Nursing Home, Prophetstown, Illinois on Tuesday, December 8, 2020. Funeral services occur at 1 pm on Thursday, December 17, at Lemke Funeral Homes – South Chapel (2610 Manufacturing). Burial takes place at Clinton Lawn Cemetery. Lemke Funeral Homes assisted the family with arrangements.

He was born June 6, 1931 the son of Ellery and Margaret (Taggert) Whitmer. He was united in marriage to Hazel G. McGarth – together for 50 years until her Hazel’s passing.

He was a long-time resident, living in the oldest house in Clinton. Due to his declining health, he spent the last year residing at Winning Wheels Nursing Home, Prophetstown, Illinois.

Harold was a veteran of the U.S. Army; stationed at Fort Bliss in Texas, were he was in charge of the military band. The Army then sent him to Washington D.C. to the Navy School of Music and Band. While in the Army, he was an accomplished and skilled boxer.

Harold either started or was part of numerous bands where he sang and played clarinet, however, he was mostly known for playing the Saxophone. He loved music and wrote numerous songs for his bands. He was also an Arthur Murray dance instructor. He was attributed with establishing a US patent in 1975 and also Germany in 1977. Above all, he loved his family very much and will be greatly missed.

Harold is survived by his daughter Lisa L Whitmer and son in-law Chris Wiggins, granddaughter - Tonya Rompasky and grandson - Gerimiah Whitmer and step daughter - Patricia Welliever and grandchildren – Denysel, Jeanville and Jarrod Meurs, several great-grandchildren and great- great- grandchildren with other family members and many friends he met throughout his life.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife – Hazel, brother – Ellery and sister – Mary Margaret.

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    Thursday December 17, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Thursday December 17, 2020 1:00pm
    Lemke Funeral Homes - South Chapel
    2610 Manufacturing Drive
    CLINTON, IA 52732
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Nancy Cantrall Smith

Posted at 10:36am
My late husband Bruce Smith and I were long time friends of Harold and Hazel. We were actually their sponcers at
marriage ceremony St Marys. He will be missed!

Ahlalah Jeanville Posted at 01:39pm

hi this is Denyse their granddaughter, I remember you guys from houseboat days, i was real little but i remember they gave us all such a happy childhood. thank you so much

Vicki Buntemeyer

Posted at 08:45am
Our sympathy to Harold's family. S sorry to hear of his passing. I worked for him at ISSB for a few years. He and Hazel were great people. Kept in touch for several years.

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