Ron Whitley passed away peacefully at his home with his family in Kennedale, Texas on January 27th, 2021.
Ron was born in Gainesville, Texas on March 2, 1944 to Bill and Paula Whitley. He grew up in Grand Prairie, Texas and graduated from Grand Prairie High School in 1962. Upon graduation, he studied at North Texas State University and served in the Army Reserve. He then went to work for Bell Helicopter in 1966 and spent the next 43 years working in multiple positions for the company. Upon retirement, he enjoyed his grandchildren, traveling, entertaining family and friends and volunteering with the Boy Scouts, Rotary Club and many Kennedale civic organizations.
Ron was a loving husband and incredibly proud father and grandfather. He is survived by his wife LuAnn Goswick Whitley and two sons, Jason Whitley and his wife Beverly, and Ashton Whitley and his wife Meredith. In addition, he is survived by four grandchildren Dylan, Mae, June and Ella. And, four siblings Janet Wayne, Cathy Linney, Hal Whitley and Tim Whitley and numerous other family. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
A private graveside service will be held at 2pm on Tuesday, February 2nd at Mexia City Cemetery 700 East Evelyn Street in Mexia, Texas. The family plans to hold a Celebration of Life event later this year.
The family kindly requests that donations be made to the PAN Foundation https://www.panfoundation.org/ in Ron’s name in lieu of flowers.