With sadness I want to let you know that John Whitmore died peacefully in his sleep this morning after a battle with cancer. John and I met in September of 1956, the start of Kindergarten, so it was a lifelong friendship. His senior year in high school his family moved from Indian Hills to Tacoma Hills. His parents would go to their cottage on weekends during the nice weather. John would have a few friends over for the weekend. Sometime people would call it a party. We enjoyed many walks around the lagoon very late in the evening. After graduating from MSU, John moved to St. Paul and sometime after that we started calling each other every day. A little odd maybe, but that’s what we did. He started his career in the title insurance business. First, he was working for a large company, then for himself. He and Connie married after a few years in St. Paul. They had one daughter, Margaret. Connie was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in February of 2018. She died in November 2018. John was diagnosed in January of 2019. The last few weeks we were talking two or more times a day. We had many visits back and forth, a lot more after Connie was diagnosed. I’m going to miss him, especially our daily talks. He was the best conversationalist you will ever meet, plus a pretty good piano player.
Sky Tribell '69
Obituary - John Whitmore class of 1969
Age 69 Died at his home on April 8, 2020. He is preceded in death by parents Max and LaMoine and wife, Connie. He is survived by daughter, Margaret and brothers Jim and Ron. John was born in Lansing, Michigan, graduated from Michigan State University in 1974, and moved to Minnesota that same year. Service arrangements are postponed until a safer time. Donations may be made to the Prostate Cancer Foundation.
Published in Pioneer Press on Apr. 22, 2020.
*NOTE: 21 April 2020 - John died during the growing COVID-19 worldwide pandemic, causing our country to impose 'social distancing'. This has restricted the gathering of our nation's citizens, including family ceremonies such as weddings and funerals.
Obituary - Connie Harris WHITMORE
Age 66, died on her 41st anniversary, November 26, 2018. She is preceded in death by her mother, Geraldine. She is survived by her father Stan and sisters Kathy, Cheryl, Karen and Carol, husband John and daughter Margaret. Connie was born in Houston, Texas, graduated from Michigan State in 1974 and moved with John to Minnesota in 1974. Services will be held at 11:00 on Thursday, December 6, at Roseville Lutheran Church, 1215 W. Roselawn Ave., Roseville. Donations may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.
Published in Pioneer Press on Dec. 2, 2018