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Rev. Ronald WhittenbergerJanuary 18, 1929 ~ October 28, 2017 (age 88)
Ron Whittenberger, 88, of Massillon was welcomed home to his eternal reward on October 28, 2017. He was born January 18, 1929 in Youngstown to the late Roy and Frona Whittenberger. Ron attended Youngstown schools and served in the US Army during the Korean conflict. He later attended Eastern Nazarene College where he earned his Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Theology degrees. During his years as a student he served a congregation in Plympton, Massachusetts, where he also taught school. Ron served with distinction as a pastor of the Church of Nazarene. He served on the East Ohio District Church of the Nazarene Advisory Board. He retired from pastoral ministry in 1994 after 34 years of service.
Rev. Whittenberger was deeply loved by those he served. He lived an exemplary life of love and service to his Lord and Savior. His gentle and witty personality will be missed and long remembered.
In addition to his parents, Ron was preceded in death by 4 brothers and 1 sister. He is survived by his loving wife, of 61 years, Joan; children, Roy Whittenberger and Ruth (Bobby) Radcliff; granddaughters, Amy (Rick) Hover, Jill (David) Cross, and Jennifer Taylor; and great-grandchildren, Kaelyn, Aubrey, Madilynn, Alayna, Abigail and Mason.
Funeral service will be held at 11 A.M. on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at East Liberty Church of the Nazarene, 700 E. Turkeyfoot Lake Rd, Akron, Ohio 44319 with Pastor Mike Hirschfelt officiating. Family and friends may call on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 from 4 to 7 P.M. at Schermesser Funeral Home, 600 E. Turkeyfoot Lake Rd. (SR619), Akron, Ohio 44319 and for 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Inurnment will be at a later date at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Ron’s name to the church. To leave a special message online for the family, visit our website at www.schermesserfh.com.