ROSEBOOM – Wendall H. “Pink” Whiteman, 90, died peacefully on Nov.24, 2020, in Largo, Fla.
He was born June 10, 1930, in Westford, the son of Lynn and Marion (Hubbard) Whiteman. He was a lifelong resident of Otsego County, where he was a dairy farmer and carpenter.
He graduated from Draper Central School in Schenevus, and the Construction Program at SUNY Delhi. He married Jean McAdam of Needham, Mass., in 1950 near Army Camp McCoy, Wisc.
Following his tour of duty in Germany, they settled in Schenevus, where they started their family, and he built their first home.
A dairy farmer at heart, in 1960 Wendall and Jean bought a neglected farm near Roseboom where he put his farming and construction skills to work, including building one of the first “milking parlors” in the area. He later designed and built their retirement home nearby.
Wendall was a member of the Middlefield United Methodist Church, and several farm organizations. He served as a volunteer firefighter for 43 years, believing there is no greater service than being at your neighbor’s side in time of need.
Known as Uncle Pink and Grandpa, he loved family gatherings of any size and frequently studied family genealogy. He also enjoyed western square dancing, roaming the hills, and spending many winters in Florida.
Wendall was predeceased by Jean, his wife of 60 years, and their son David.
He is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Diane and Stephen Constantino of Largo, Fla., and Karen and Robert Ream of Barton, Tioga County; siblings Oakley and Connie Whiteman of Westford, Golda Fairchild of Pittsgrove, N.J., Ethelyn and Peter Ottzen of Otego, Geary and Caroline Whiteman of Schenevus; grandchildren Leah and Jason Ward of Seminole, Fla. Mathew Ream of Buffalo, and Timothy Ream of Madison, Wisc.; great-grandchildren Jacob and Ellis Ward of Seminole, Fla., and a large loving family of cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
At this time we must postpone a service. Burial will be at the Cherry Valley Cemetery in the spring. Arrangements are entrusted to the Ottman Funeral Home, Cherry Valley. To share condolences online please visit www.ottmanfuneralhome.com