LOWELL GLENN WHITESELL | March 24, 1926 – March 23, 2013

DeMotte man was devoted to faith

2013-04-10T00:00:00Z DeMotte man was devoted to faithBy Diane Poulton Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
April 10, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Lowell Glenn Whitesell was devoted to his faith, family and country.

“Those three things were most important to him,” Whitesell’s daughter Sheila Ruiter said. “Church and family were his number one priorities."

He was not into sports; he was just a hard-working dad.”

Whitesell, 86, of DeMotte,was a quiet, unassuming man who didn’t have any enemies, she said.

“He was well liked by everyone,” Ruiter said. “He was a strong Christian and good provider.”

A World War II U.S. Navy veteran, Whitesell, whose poor eyesight kept him from combat, served as a radio operator at the Treasure Island Naval Base. His late wife Joy, who Whitesell met at Richmond High School where both played in the school band, put Whitesell through college.

Graduating from Purdue University with bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering, Whitesell moved to Hammond in 1950 and began his 41-year career with Standard Oil (later Amoco) in Whiting as a research engineer. The couple raised five children: Stephen, John, Sheila, Jim and Scott.

They moved to Dyer in 1968 and later to Naperville, Illinois when Whitesell was transferred.

Whitesell’s life revolved around his family.

“I was a baton twirler and we traveled all over the country for competitions,” Ruiter said.

After retirement, Whitesell moved to DeMotte, where he was active in the Nazarene Church, serving as treasurer. He was also vice president of the Oak Grove Retirement Village Retirement Board.

Whitesell met Glenna L Deck at church and remarried, Ruiter said.

Ruiter said her dad will be dearly missed by his entire family, including his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

“He was a proud man who loved his country, family and most of all his Lord and savior Jesus Christ,” Ruiter said.

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