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The Carthage Press
  • Elden Troy Whiteneck


  • Mr. Elden Troy Whiteneck, Sr, 92, of Carthage, Mo., formerly of Sarcoxie, Mo., departed this life on Monday, May 28, 2012 at Freeman Hospital West in Joplin, Mo., after a recent decline in health.


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  • Mr. Elden Troy Whiteneck, Sr, 92, of Carthage, Mo., formerly of Sarcoxie, Mo., departed this life on Monday, May 28, 2012 at Freeman Hospital West in Joplin, Mo., after a recent decline in health.

    Elden entered this life on June 18, 1919 in Aline, Okla., the youngest of 14 children born to the late John S. Whiteneck, Sr. and Cora Lee (Beard) Whiteneck. He was raised in Major County Oklahoma and was a graduate of Cleo Springs High School.

    He farmed with his brother until being drafted into the United States Army at the beginning of WWII. After being honorably discharged he returned home and on Nov. 9, 1947 he was united in marriage to Dorothy May Jenison and to this union a son and daughter were born.

    Shortly after they were married they made their home on a farm in Miller, Mo., and started their family. In 1958 they moved to Woodward, Okla.

    Elden was a licensed mechanical contractor throughout his life and owned and operated Whiteneck Plumbing both in Woodward and Sarcoxie, Mo. In 1971 he and Dorothy moved to a farm in Sarcoxie, Mo. He was a member of the former Church of the Brethren in Carthage, Mo.

    His parents and 13 siblings preceded him in death.

    Elden is survived by his wife of 64 years, Dorothy May Whiteneck of the home; a daughter, Donna Anderson and husband, Gordon, of Carthage, Mo.; a son, Elden Troy Whiteneck, II and wife, Susan, of Baytown, Texas; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; as well as a host of other family and friends.

    Funeral services for Mr. Whiteneck are 2 p.m. Saturday, June 2, 2012 in the Chapel of the Housh-Goodwin Funeral Home in Sarcoxie, Mo., with his nephew, the Rev. Charles Newton officiating. Burial will follow in the Red Oak Cemetery. The family will receive friends at noon on Saturday until the time of service in the funeral home chapel.

    Online condolences may be sent to the family through the website www.housh-goodwinfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers memorials are being directed to Autism Speaks and contributions may be left at the funeral home. Arrangements are under the personal care and direction of the Housh-Goodwin Funeral Home in Sarcoxie, Mo.

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