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21 S. Austin Road
Janesville, WI 53548
Phone: (608) 752-2444
Fax: (608) 754-7780
Michael Whitney

Michael Ray Whitney

Tuesday, December 30th, 1941 - Sunday, January 20th, 2019
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Michael Ray Whitney, age 77, of Stoughton and Sun Lakes, AZ, journeyed to his heavenly home on Sunday January 20th, 2019. He was born Dec. 30th, 1941 in Mankato, MN, the son of George & Doris Whitney of Delavan, MN. He attended Delavan High School where he graduated in 1959. At age 17, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps and was trained as a drummer. He spent the remainder of his 4-year hitch performing in the U.S. Marine Corps Drum & Bugle Team, based in Hawaii & touring the Far East and Australia. In 1963 he enrolled in the University of Minnesota as a music major, graduating in 1967. He worked his way through college by performing in night clubs in Minneapolis. While in college he met another drummer, Carol DiGiovanni and they married in 1965. They had 3 daughters, Christine, April, & Kimberly. The marriage ended in divorce in 1975. Following college, Michael continued performing in various bands & in 1972 was selected by the Hollywood USO for a tour of Viet Nam & Thailand to entertain the troops. Michael entered the insurance business in 1975, becoming a Division Manager for Physicians Mutual & relocated to Madison, WI, where he served for 16 years before becoming an independent financial advisor in that city. While in Madison he became civically active as President of the Optimist Club of Madison and was instrumental in forming 5 new Optimist Clubs. He also became a Free & Accepted Mason, where He served as Master of Madison Lodge #5 & Thrice Potent Master of The Scottish Rite. In 1983 he married Stella Kleiboer who had 3 children, Rodney, Jason & Heather. They lived in Stoughton until 2001 when Stella developed COPD, causing them to move to Arizona for her health. They would continue to spend summers in Edgerton until Stella’s death in 2011. Following her death, Michael continued spending winters in Arizona where he had been active in Shriners activities since 2001. He played drums with the Phoenix Shrine Band & became Director in 2014. He also played in the Shrine Drum & Bugle Corps & served several years as President of the Sun Lakes Shrine Club. In 2014 Michael married Carmelita Olmedo, whom he had brought to the United States from the Philippines after a 2-year courtship.
They continued living in Arizona for the winters and Wisconsin for the summers until his death.
He is survived by his wife, Carmelita; his daughters, Christine, of Hudson, FL., April, of Bothell, WA, and Kimberly, of Bloomington, MN; his stepsons, Rodney, of Evansville, and Jason, of Edgerton; his grandchildren, Loren, Zurich, Whitney, & Ashley; his step-grandchildren, Ricky, Andrew, Nathan, Hannah, Nick, Khloe, Paul, John, Kurt, & Kirby; his step great-grandchild, Amara; and his beloved companion, Pixie.
A Masonic Service will be held at 12:00 P.M. on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at the WHITCOMB-LYNCH FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES. Burial will follow in Lutheran South Cemetery, Stoughton. Visitation will be from 11:00 A.M. until 12:00 P.M. on Tuesday at the FUNERAL HOME. As per Michael’s wishes, a grand Celebration of Life will take place at a later date.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, February 5th, 2019 | 11:00am - 12:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, February 5th, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Location
    Whitcomb-Lynch Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc.
    Address
    21 S. Austin Rd.
    JANESVILLE, WI 53548
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  • Service

    Tuesday, February 5th, 2019 | 12:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, February 5th, 2019 12:00pm
    Location
    Whitcomb-Lynch Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc.
    Address
    21 S. Austin Rd.
    JANESVILLE, WI 53548
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  • Interment

    Location
    Lutheran South Cemetery
    Address
    STOUGHTON, WI

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Posted at 01:55am
We love you Dad! You lived an amazing life! Your the most courageous, inspiring, loyal person that I have ever met! Thank you every one for loving him & for the beautiful flowers & arrangements. Our family is profundity grateful! Hugs! Kimberly Oldenburg (Michael's daughter)
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Tina

Posted at 10:18am
Having had Mike in the family for so many years, this is a sad and reflective time for me. Mike entered our lives when he met and married my dear cousin Stella. Over the years we have shared so many events, and he became a member of our big, sometimes over the top Greek family. He was fortunate to find love again after Stella passed, and my thoughts and sincere condolences to Carmelita (Menchu), as well as his daughters and friends at this sad time. Rest well and in peace, Michael. Until we meet again. (maybe over another fish fry) Cousin Kathey Vivacue Petrone. (Tina)
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Thousand Hills Cattle Company

Posted at 03:06pm
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Mary E Sherman

Posted at 10:14am
Lived by Mike at Leisure Estates what a good friend he was, his wife Stella and Carmelita and of course Pixie. He will truly be missed by all.
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Bob and Cheryl Paris

Posted at 05:21pm
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