Ned Wilson Whitston, 90, of Sandusky died peacefully March 7, 2010, in the loving embrace of his family in Stein Hospice Care Center, Sandusky, in a room full of angels with standing room only.
Ned Wilson Whitston was born June 21, 1919, in Los Angeles, Calif., to his beloved parents, Clarence Wilson Whitston and Marian Frances Fitzgerald.
Ned was predeceased by his parents; his first wife, Mary Calista Martin; and daughter, Laura Hope Whitston-Chanaud (her daughter Breeze survives).
He is survived by his wife, Anna Lavett Shartzer; four daughters, Janet "Sigi" Ann Adee (George Ortiz and daughter, Malia) of Eugene, Ore., Mary Christine Whitston-Becker (Ezra, Noelle, Jordon) of Mansfield, Ohio, Catherine "KC" Patricia Whitston- Templeton (Kalen, Lilia, Calista) of Eugene, Teresa Lee Whitston-Jester (Michael and four sons, Evan, Quentin, Marian and Colin) of Mansfield; son, Michael Edward Whitston (Suzanne Kragh) of Santa Barbara, Calif.; and two stepdaughters, Denise Shartzer and Melissa (Ric Lewellen and sons Nicholas and Brent).
Ned Wilson Whitston was a minor/major league baseball pitcher, a respected professional engineer, a World War II veteran, a parent and corporate executive that had deep respect for his engineering profession, his church and his family, that lasted throughout a lifetime of personal sacrifice, commitment and devotion.
During his professional career, Ned's hydraulic engineering specialty caused several family moves that resulted in living in Illinois, New York, Wisconsin and West Virginia, but finally Galion, Ohio, in 1968, until his retirement from Perfection Colby. Ned was yet another example of a member of the "Greatest Generation" that was unique in our country's history and largely responsible for many of the positive contributions and achievements that promoted education, development and the emergence of our country on a global scale.
His family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to the entire staff at Stein Hospice and particularly Dr. Preston for his thoughtful concern and consideration in the care and treatment during Ned's final days. Moreover, Anna Lavett Whitston should be recognized for her selfless devotion for Ned's well-being over the course of this second marriage reflecting unconditional love and support.
Rest in the eternal embrace of the angels, "Buster," until we all meet again one day.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 510 Columbus Ave., Sandusky.
God bless you, Dad, and know your memory will live on in our hearts.
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