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John "Jack" W. Whinham

July 15, 1930 ~ April 26, 2022 (age 91)

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John Wilson Whinham, age 91, died April 26, 2022, under Hospice care. Born in Detroit, Michigan, on July 15, 1930, he was the son of the late Ellis Robert. Sr. and Mary (Jenkinson) Whinham of Detroit, Michigan.

Jack attended Adrian College in Michigan where he met his beloved wife, Marie (Blount). After graduating, Jack served in the Korean conflict where Marie joined him overseas. He retired from Marathon Oil in Findlay, Ohio after 25 years as a systems analyst.

He attended the Methodist Theological School in Ohio and became a Methodist minister. He served as Pastor for multiple years at two different United Methodist Churches in Vanlue, Ohio and others around the Findlay area. Jack was very much a patient advocate and volunteered several years with men’s breakfast groups and Hospice in Findlay, Ohio. After raising his children, he became a Hospice chaplain and volunteered his time with Stephens Ministries at Richland Memorial. It brought joy to him to be able to be there for individuals and families during times of illness and grief.  His calling was to console those individuals and families through the grieving process and organized many groups to support this endeavor in the Findlay community. Being a part of Christ-centered small groups was very important to him.  He was a member of the Lexington Choral Society and enjoyed singing and harmonizing with his wife, Marie, and others.

Jack enjoyed reading, playing golf and watching baseball and basketball games, music (especially Mannheim Streamroller, one of his favorite groups), volunteering, swimming in the quarry in Findlay, going to his children’s and grandchildren’s events, camping, traveling with his wife Marie and spending time with friends. He enjoyed an occasional cold beer and loved his cat, Troy who provided him with many years of companionship.

Jack is predeceased by his wife of 62 years Marie (Blount) Whinham, and his son, John R.  Whinham of Rochester Hills, and his brother Robert Ellis Whinham Jr.

He is survived by his daughters, Carol (Mike) Robinson of Lexington, South Carolina, and Joy (Kenroy) Tavernier of Harrisburg, North Carolina; Daughter-in-Law, Diane Whinham of Rochester Hills, Michigan; his beloved grandchildren, Michal Ann Robinson of Spartanburg, South Carolina, Jill Robinson of Pendleton, South Carolina, Elizabeth (Raye McGee) Whinham of New Orleans, Louisiana, and Jack Whinham of Royal Oak, Michigan; and niece and nephews Linda Whinham Berry, David (Jenny) Whinham, Tom (Jan) Whinham, Charlie (Kris) Whinham; great-nephews and niece, E Will Whinham, Stevie Whinham, Julie Whinham and Tae Whinham.

A special note of thanks and appreciation to Jennifer Steele who was not only Jack's caregiver but his best friend who brought him many meals, laughter and happiness during his final years.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Barr-Price Funeral Home and Crematorium, Lexington Chapel, is assisting the family.

 

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