Donald Richard Whitlow

Donald Richard Whitlow, 84 passed away on December 1st.  He was born on January 8, 1933 to Henry Clay and Nellie Elizabeth Whitlow in Black Water, MO.  Don was married to Annette Berry on April 4, 1959. They enjoyed a full life together, traveling the country and spending time with family.  He is survived by son, Gary Whitlow (Tammy), daughter, Donna Bernhardt, grandsons, Michael Smithng (Gina), Taylor Whitlow, Trevor Whitlow, great-granddaughter, Jennifer Smith, and siblings, Lois Cramer, Jean Link, Laura Hamilton, Charles Whitlow, Kathryn Ross, and Marilyn  Franz.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Annette, daughter, Deborah Ann Anderson, and siblings Dorothy Hickam and H.C. Whitlow.  Don served in the Vietnam War and retired from the Air Force as Master Sargent in 1973.  After his retirement, he was employed at General Services Administration until 1988.  Don was a member of the Shriners and Wyandotte Masonic Lodge #3.  Upon retirement from GSA, Don and Annette moved to southern Missouri where they built a new home.  Don enjoyed fishing, gardening, and woodworking. After moving back to the Kansas City area, Don was an active volunteer in the Boy Scouts serving as a unit commissioner and supported many boys’ successful completion of Eagle Scout.  He was a devoted family man who loved his wife, children, and grandchildren.

Visitation, Funeral and Burial

Visitation will be at Amos Funeral Home, Shawnee, KS on December 7th from 5:00-7:00 PM.  Funeral mass will be on December 8th at 10:00 AM at St. Peter’s and All Saints Episcopal Church on 100 E. Red Bridge Road, KCMO.  Mr. Whitlow will be laid to rest at Leavenworth National Cemetery following the funeral mass. 

Memorial Contributions

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the American Lung Association.


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Posted in Kansas City Obituaries, Obituaries | on Monday, Dec. 4th 2017 | 8 Comments »

8 Comments on “Donald Richard Whitlow”

  1. Bob and Lillian Steward Says:

    Thinking of all the family. Thinking most of his siblings as they are the ones we know best.

  2. Dean Baden Says:

    Rest in peace Uncle Don, may you and Aunt Annette be together forever in eternity. I will remember fondly hanging out with you guys in Branson and seeing the World Headquarters of Bass Pro Shops in Springfield. Condolences to your family in Missouri, Kansas and Maryland. Dean Baden,Leonardtown, MD

  3. Tammy Whitlow Henry Says:

    So sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family at this difficult time.

  4. Julie Becker Says:

    On behalf of the thousands of Scouts that benefited from Don’s generous gifts of time, kindness, generosity, humor, and knowledge, we send up our prayers to Don and his family. His memory lives on in all of us. Comfort and peace to you.

  5. Douglas McDuff Says:

    Such an amazing man! I got to know Don thru Scouting in Shawnee and at Camp Naish, our “home away from home!”. Don loved doing Camp Naish Staff work when he could and volunteering as a Unit Commissioner. He was our “Commish” for several years at Troop 185 in Shawnee. Always enjoyed our many chats and having his assistance as a District Volunteer….and to top it all off his Unit (351 / “Purple Chickens”) are our Sister Troop. Will always miss this man of faith. For he always had a kind word and great advice, will never forget you dear brother Don….so until we meet again, I must carry on! God Bless you dear friend- Douglas McDuff of KC, KS

  6. Laura Hamilton Says:

    Such an amazing Brother. Don left home to join the Air Force when I was 10 yrs. old. Only saw him on leave through out my life. When he retired and moved to Springfield, Mo I really got to know my big brother. He had a heart of Gold.
    Second to the Air Force, Scouting was his second love. I will never forget the weekly chats, laughs, and asking each other for advice. Big Brother you will always be in your Little Sister’s heart.

  7. Chuck Goodman Says:

    To the Whitlow family I send my heartfelt sympathy. Don was kind, a dear friend and he was a true mentor to so many scouts. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Eternal rest grant unto Don O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul, and the souls of all the dearly departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen

  8. Karen Hickam Ilsley Says:

    Thinking of all of his family during this difficult time.
    I remember stories that my mother would tell about Uncle Donald ( her brother) and making bread/ cooking . He was very meticulous, every thing has to be spotless clean. Once At Mr. Davis Jackson ‘s home, he found bowls to be quite different. When he left , there was not a dish in the house that had even a speck of something in it.
    He will be missed.

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