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Date of Birth: January 25, 1931

Date of Death: January 29, 2023

William Russell (Bill) Whitney, of Phoenix, Arizona, was 92 years young when the Holy Spirit called him home on January 29th, 2023. Bill was surrounded by family and friends who loved him deeply and will greatly miss him. Bill was born on January 25th, 1931, in Warren, Ohio, to parents William Russell and Elsie Evelyn Whitney. Bill is survived by 5 sons (Larry, Don, David, Billy, and Jimmy), 18 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by 4 sons (Bob, Dave, Chuck, and Mark) and his wife Helen Whitney. Bill had a long and distinguished career spanning over 40 years as an engineer with Packard and Honeywell. After Bill raised nine sons and retired from his career, he found time to volunteer feeding the hungry, donating to charity, and leading a bible study class. Bill was a member of the Model A Club of Phoenix and enjoyed driving his fully restored 1931 Model A. Bill was deeply religious and a member of the Northminster Presbyterian Church.

Service Information

A VA Burial service will be held Friday March 3rd at 1:30pm at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N Cave Creek Rd Phoenix, AZ 85024. A Celebration of Life service will be held Sunday March 5th at 2:00pm at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 13001 N 35th Ave Phoenix, AZ 85029. A reception at the church will immediately follow.


In lieu of flowers, Bill requested donations be made to the Food Bank at Northminster Presbyterian Church in Phoenix, AZ.