Herman Edward Whalen, 81, of Newton, passed away at 11:19 p.m. Monday, April 29, 2013, at St. John’s Hospital, Springfield.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church, Newton, with Rick Britton officiating. Burial will be in the Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Newton. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the church with Masonic rites at 7 p.m. and one half hour before the service Friday. In loving memory of Herman, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church or the donor’s choice. Arrangements are under the care of the Blake-Buchanan Funeral Home, Newton. Online condolences may be left at www.blakefh.com.
Herman was born on Dec. 12, 1931, in Tuscola, the son of Scott and Sarah (Wilson) Whalen. He married Marcella Fear on Sept. 22, 1951, in Newton. Herman worked at H.M. Crews International Harvester and later Jansen Brothers International Harvester for many years. He later retired from the Jasper County Highway Department. After hours Herman was always willing do work area farmers. Herman was a member of the First Baptist Church in Newton; Masonic Lodge 216; Loyal Order of the Moose of Newton and then Effingham and was a Shriner. He was an avid hunter, loved to work in his garden and raising quail.
Herman is survived by wife of 61 years, Marcella Whalen of Newton; three children, Joyce D. (Fred) Correll of Dundas, Janet A. (Chris) Yocum of Jewett, and Jeffrey A. (Jessie Hale) Whalen of Newton; four sisters, Hazel Conover of Merrillville, Ind., Helen Birk of Flora, Hester Birch of Mattoon, and Henrietta (Van) Hensley of Effingham; five grandchildren, Bill Loy, Kara Clough, Jess Burley, Scott Burley and Jennie Adam; seven great-grandchildren, Hannah Loy, Trevor Loy, Lynn Clough, Colten Adam, Kody Loy, Emery Adam and Leon Blair; and several nieces and nephews.
Herman was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Hershel Whalen; grandson, Thomas Yocum; and great-grandson, Alton Jones.
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