Herman Whalen (81) of Newton

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Published on April 30 2013 3:02 pm

Herman Whalen, 81, of Newton died at 11:19pm Monday, April 29, 2013 at St. John's Hospital in Springfield.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM – Friday, May 3, 2013 at the First Baptist Church in Newton, IL with Rick Britton officiating.   Burial will be in the Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Newton, IL. Visitation will be held 5:00-7:00 PM – Thursday, May 2, 2013 at the church with Masonic rites at 7:00 PM.  There will also be ½ hour before the service.  Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church.  Arrangements are under the care of the Blake-Buchanan Funeral Home in Newton, IL. 

The obituary can be viewed and condolences left at www.blakefh.com.

Herman was born on December 12, 1931 in Tuscola, IL the son of Scott and Sarah (Wilson) Whalen.  He married Marcella Fear on September 22, 1951 in Newton, IL.  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, IL...3 Children – Joyce D. (Fred) Correll of Dundas, IL, Janet A. (Chris) Yocum of Jewett, IL and Jeffrey A. (Jessie Hale) Whalen of Newton, IL...4 Sisters – Hazel Conover of Merrillville, IN, Helen Birk of Flora, IL, Hester Birch of Mattoon, IL and Henrietta (Van) Hensley of Effingham, IL...5 Grandchildren – Bill Loy, Kara Clough, Jess Burley, Scott Burley and Jennie Adam...7 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.