Jack D. Whitinger

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Jack D. Whitinger, age 81, of Elma, IA passed away on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 with his family by his side at Patty Elwood Center in Cresco, IA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Lourdes with Father Jerry Kopacek. Burial will be at Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 PM with a 3:30 PM Rosary on Friday, November 1, 2019 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in Elma, and will continue at the church one hour prior to the funeral mass on Saturday. Online condolences may be left at www.conway-markhamfh.com. Memorials may be directed to family. Jack Dan was born April 3, 1938, the son of Art and Irene (Chihak) Whitinger in Elma, IA. He attended and graduated from Elma High School. After graduating, Jack went on to Line-O-Type school and began his work in Aledo, IL at the local newspaper. On April 27, 1957, Jack was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Millie Prochaska at Our Lady of Lourdes. The couple made their home in Elma where they raised their two children, Tammy and Tony. Jack and Millie purchased the Alibi Tap and Grill, the bowling alley and restaurant. In 1969, Jack purchased the Whitinger family farm and enjoyed farming. In his down time, Jack kept busy with various business projects. He enjoyed motorcycling, horseback riding and his grandchildren. His family was most precious to him. Those left to cherish his memories are his wife, Millie of Elma, IA; his children, Tammy (Lee) Cochran of Newton, IA and Tony Whitinger of Tuscon, AZ; his grandchildren, Shelbey Cochran of Newton and Jesse Cochran of Iowa City, IA; siblings, Robert (Connie) Whitinger of Ankeny, IA, Joe (Kathy) Whitinger of Elma, IA, Marlene Lewis of Cresco, IA and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother-in-law, Bob Lewis.

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  1. Jack and Millie had the best bar in Elma. Always enjoyed visiting with them. My sympathy to all the family

  2. Jack was truly one of a kind, a very great man always friendly and quick with a thought good or bad mostly good, We will keep him in are thoughts and prayers, sorry for your loss!

  3. Millie & Family, Sending My Prayers For Strength & Peace, During This Time Of Loss. Many Years Ago (Was Refshauge Then) , I Was Millie & Jack’s Cleaning Lady. I So Enjoyed Both Of Your Kind & Upbeat Personalities. You Had Such A Beautiful Home & Yard. I Remember The White Carpet, Wicker Room. I Remember Dusting (Never Much Dust) The Heavy Quarter Jug. I Remember The Sweet Little Black & White Dog. I Always Enjoyed & Appreciated The 2 Of You. When I Went To Work At Comp Systems, You Were Sad To See Me Go. You Didn’t Know Who You Would Get To Clean. My Mommy (Dorothy Vorwald) Had Taken Over My Other Cleaning Jobs. I Had Several. I Asked Her, Then Called You You Met Her, Hired Her & She Was With You For Several Years. Thank You For Those Times. Mommy Passed in March 2013. God Bless You All. So Sorry For Your Loss.

  4. Millie and all of your family,so sorry to hear of your loss,hope all your great memories help you at this time.Our prayers and sympathy are with you all. Tom and Marian Gebel

  5. Millie, Tammy, and Tony and families, oh the memories made at the Alibi! Tammy– seems your Dad knew a little bit more about our antics than we thought as he recited to me when I would see him –so many laughs! And Millie, I like to think Jack is probably still laughing about the the monkey riding the horses!! What a guy he was and we were lucky to know him and call him our friend. Sending hugs to you all!

  6. Millie, Tammy, Tony and families!! My sincere sympathy to you all!! I best remember Jack smiling behind the Alibi Bar serving someone a drink!! He sure was a nice, friendly man! Colleen Murphy Kenealy

  7. My sincere sympathy to Millie, Tony, Tammy, Lee, Jesse, Shelbey, and the rest of Jack’s family. I didn’t know Jack well, but he was always welcoming and generous when I did see him. My thoughts will be with each of you in the coming days.

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