Marvin Thomas "Pete" Whistler
February 13, 1925  -  April 27, 2019

Marvin Thomas "Pete" Whistler

Celebration of Life Service
First Baptist Churh
220 South Pennsylvania Avenue
Independence, KS  67301
Saturday, May 11, 2019
11:00 a.m.
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I served in the Army.

Surrounded by family in his living room, Marvin Thomas "Pete" Whistler, 94, beloved Husband, Father and Grandfather, left this earth for his heavenly home at 7:35 p.m. on April 27, 2019. He was born on February 13, 1925 in Elk City, KS to Thomas Seth and Zoa Alice (Weaver) Whistler. He attended Elk City Schools, graduated in 1942 and was the last remaining survivor of his class. A World War II Veteran, he served in the United States Army from 1944-1946, receiving an honorable discharge.
He returned to Elk City, resumed farming and carpentry work and in August 1950 met the love of his life, Erma Jean Glass. After some smooth talking, they married February 8, 1951. Besides his love for farming, he enjoyed fishing, playing checkers, dominoes, cards and shooting pool with his family and friends. In the later years of his life, he accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior. He often told us to "put Jesus first". He is survived by his wife Jean of the home, two sons Ron (Sandy) Whistler and Don Whistler and a daughter Gail (Robert) Keller. Grandchildren Julie Whistler (Kevin) Osburn, Aaron (Holly) Whistler, Lori (Kaleo) Hanamaikai, Joe (Levana) Whistler, Dawna Lee, Kasey (Josh) Alloway, Adam (Carrie) Keller, Jason (BJ) Whistler, Darla Whistler (Scott) Tummond, Rachel (John) Stuckey, 21 great grandchildren and one great, great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Beatrice Whistler and twin sister Marie Hiatt, brothers Joe, Olen, Leslie, Ray and Bob.
Please join us for a celebration of his life Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church, 220 South Pennsylvania Avenue, Independence Kansas. Memorials may be sent to Jean Whistler at 2258 CR 4300, Coffeyville Kansas 67337. To leave a special message for the family please visit Arrangements have been entrusted to Webb & Rodrick Chapel and Crematory.


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  1. karen r merritt
    Wellington, MO

    May you rest in peace - my father bob has many fond
    memories of Pete.

  2. Patti Shaffer(Rice)
    Douglass, KS

    Prayers for comfort to each of you. May God hold you close to Him as we all await a glorious Homecoming.

  3. Martin & Leslie Wilson
    Round Rock, TX

    Leslie and I and the whole Wilson bunch enjoyed knowing Pete, his humor and kind demeanor. He will be missed but forever remembered.
    With love from all.

  4. Elaine Koger Easley
    Elk City, KS

    I will miss Pete. Condolences to the family. I would imagine Pete and my dad probably have a pool game to attend to.

  5. Gean and Betty Dees
    Magnolia, AR

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family

  6. Sherry Larsh
    Independence, KS

    RIP Pete. Thanks for the memories. You will be remembered.

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