2005-03-24 / Obituaries

William H. Whitehill

William H. Whitehill, a former resident of Putnam Valley and Cold Spring, died on Sunday, March 20, 2005 in Leesburg, FL. He was 86.

Mr. Whitehill was born in Cold Spring December 25, 1918 to James and Mae (Schooner) Whitehill. He attended local schools and graduated from Haldane High School in 1936 and Delhi College in 1938.

During WWII, he served as a Sergeant in the tank division of the US Army. He married Alice E Wilcox in 1943. She predeceased him in 1995.

While still a resident of Cold Spring, Mr. Whitehill was proprietor of J.H. Whitehill and Son Contracting Co. He was a former Chief of the Nelsonville Fire Company. For 27 years, the couple lived in Putnam Valley where they owned and operated the Oregon Hardware Store. Mr. Whitehill was Putnam Valley’s Building and Zoning Inspector for 20 years. He was a life member of N.Y. State Building Officials, and a past president of the Mid-Hudson chapter.

While a resident of Putnam Valley, Mr. Whitehill was an active community member. He was active in scouting for 15 years, as well as the PV PTA. He was assistant chief and past president of the Putnam Valley Fire Department and a charter member of the Putnam Valley Ambulance Corps.

Upon moving to central Florida in 1979, Mr. Whitehill became an avid golfer and bowler. He married Florence "Flo" Christian (Heckler), a former Cold Spring resident in 1996. He was a member of St. James Episcopal Church in Leesburg, FL.

Mr. Whitehill is survived by his wife of the Florida address; a son, William H. Whitehill (Cathy) of Ft. Worth, TX, three daughters, Alice M. Kroohs (John) of Mahopac, Susan F. Berger (Chris) of Putnam Valley and Linda K. Dillon (John) of Thomasville, NC; 11 grandchildren, Sandra Laird, Laurie Ann Shoemaker, John Kroohs, Billy, Bobby and Brian Whitehill, Chris, Jennifer and Brett Berger, and Martin and Johnny Dillon; and 6 great-grandchildren. Funeral Services were held March 22 in Leesburg, FL. Visiting hours will be on Saturday, March 26 from 10 am to 12 Noon at the Heritage Funeral Home, Morrissey Drive, Putnam Valley, and interment will follow at Cold Spring Cemetery.

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