Paul Rudolph Whitney, 91
Paul Rudolph Whitney, 91, weighed anchor to sail the heavenly seas on Wednesday, March 8, 2017.
He was born April 4, 1925, in Allegan to Irvin Paul and Christina Alberta (Hoke) Whitney. He married Mabel Joyce Scalf in 1943. They were married 22 years and raised five children. He married Betty Jane Weston in 1966, and they were married 47 years.
Rudy was an avid outdoorsman. He loved to hunt and fish. He spent most of his life on or near the water. He knew the calls of birds, the names of plants and trees, and the signs of passing animals.
In 1943, he joined the United States Navy and served in the South Pacific until the end of the war. He attended Western Michigan University.
Upon his father's death, he returned to Allegan to work alongside his grandfather in the family business. In 1963 he joined the Allegan County Sherriff's office as a deputy. He served the county for 20 years, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant.
He never passed up the opportunity to learn something new. He was a lifelong learner and teacher.
In retirement, Rudy and Betty traveled from the U.P. to the Gulf coast, eventually making a home on the St. Mary's River. In 2012, they returned to Allegan. He was Betty's caregiver until her death in 2014. In 2015 he moved to Texas to live with his daughter April in Fort Worth.
Rudy was preceded in death by his parents; his sister Gloria Gates; his first wife Joyce; his wife Betty; a son, Scot "Rick" Whitney; and, a granddaughter Lindsay Moore.
He is survived by his brother Ed Whitney; sons, Errol Whitney (Jenny) of Holland, Marc Whitney (Linda) of Texas and Albert Lallinger (Judith) of Shelbyville; daughters, Paula Whitney Legg of Holland; April Whitney Annaloro (Len) of Texas; Marie Lallinger Smith (Gary) of Allegan; and, Gail Lallinger Pursley (Bill) of Florida; numerous nephews and nieces, grand and great-grandchildren and beloved friends.
Rudy loved life and the people in his life. Come celebrate his life with us Memorial Day weekend.