Raymond Chris Whitmore, age 71, of Shelby, Nebraska, passed away May 25, 2021 at Annie Jeffrey Memorial County Health Center in Osceola.
Memorial service will be held Friday, May 28, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at Shelby Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father John Rooney officiating. Visitation will be held Thursday, May 27 from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. followed by a 6:00 p.m. Rosary at the church. Organist will be Judy Vrbka. Musical selections will be "On Eagle's Wings", "Prayer of St. Francis", and "I Am The Bread Of Life." Honorary pallbearers will be Zachary Kobza, Wyatt Whitmore, Ethan Whitmore, Kevin Rocha, Kaylob Kobza, Gavin Rocha, Isaac Whitmore, Trey Kobza, Tanner Kobza, Leah Whitmore, Rayna Whitmore, Angie Rocha, Kyann Workman, Eliana Rocha. Inurnment will be in the Shelby Cemetery.
Chris was born August 25, 1949 to Raymond Clyde and Dorothy Gertrude (Richter) Whitmore in Stromsburg. He attended elementary school in Surprise and graduated from David City Aquinas High School in 1967. After graduation he lived in Gresham, until moving to the farm south of Shelby in 1973.
On June 29, 1974 he was united in marriage to Deborah Lyn Voskamp in Shelby. To this union three children were born. Along with being a farmer, Chris was a Golden Harvest seed dealer for 40+ years. Over the years he also was an insurance adjuster, worked for Polk County ASCS office, Columbus Sales Pavilion, M & O Metals and Bernt's One Stop. He retired from farming in 2014 but continued to sell seed.
He was a member of Shelby Sacred Heart Catholic Church, school board, hospital board, rural fire board, coop board, and Shelby Food Mart board president for 8 years.
He enjoyed golfing, reading, crossword puzzles, and attending his grandchildren's sports and activities.
Survivors include his wife Deb of Shelby; mother Dorothy Whitmore of Lincoln; children Christopher (Korie) Whitmore of Shelby and their children, Wyatt, Ethan, Isaac and Leah; Tonja (Greg) Kobza of Columbus and children Rayna Whitmore, Zach, Kaylob, Trey, and Tanner Kobza; Hilary (Luis) Rocha of Columbus and children Kyann Workman, Angie, Kevin, Gavin and Eliana Rocha; brothers, Randy Whitmore of Houston, TX, Lonnie (Brenda) Whitmore of Lincoln, Doug (Val) Whitmore of Omaha and Jay Whitmore of Oregon; sisters Renee (Dave) Schmid of Valparaiso, and Fran (Vic) Hilger of Lincoln, nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father Raymond; mother-in-law Helen Landholm; fathers-in-law Glenville Voskamp and Virgil Landholm; grandparents Herman and Elizabeth Richter and Howard and Wilma Whitmore; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Judy and Marlin Keller.
Memorials are suggested to Annie Jeffrey Memorial County Health Center in Osceola or the Shelby Rural Fire District.
Dubas Funeral Home of Osceola and Stromsburg has been entrusted with arrangements.
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