Marshall Galen "Doc" Whetstone, 92, Woodbury, died Wednesday at Van Zandt VA Medical Center.
He was born in South Woodbury Township, Bedford County, son of Lester R. and Fannie (Hoover) Whetstone. He married Florence Jane Walter on March 15, 1941, in Cumberland, Md., and she died July 23, 2005, after having shared 64 years of marriage.
Surviving are a daughter, Dianna Jane Whetstone and husband, Elwood McClintic, of Woodbury; a son, Daryl J. and wife, Ruth Dianne, of Woodbury; four grandchildren: Beverly, Brenda, Michelle and Michael; five great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; a sister, Pauline Freda Diehl of Bedford; and a brother, Bernard Dale of Irvona.
He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Darleen, in April 1948.
Doc served in the U.S. Army during WWII as an ambulance driver with the 1320th Service Command Unit Medical Detachment, and he received the Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Ribbon and WWII Victory Medal. He was the owner of Galen Whetstone Trucking, Woodbury, and owned his tractor and trailer, leasing them to New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co. for more than 20 years. He also hauled and delivered ice.
Doc was a member of Woodbury Church of the Brethren. He also belonged to the Roaring Spring Lions Club, where he enjoyed making pancakes and working at the chicken barbecues and ox roasts. He was a former member of the Cove Lions Club, where he had served as president, and a member of the Coachman Campers Blair County Chapter 165 and Keystone Retirees Campers, touring 48 states.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a 40-year volunteer for the American Red Cross, Bedford County. He was a stock car owner and driver, and he organized the Saxton Speedway and helped build the Hesston Speedway. He owned Gayland Speedway in Everett from 1972-73 and received many awards for racing and for community service. He was also a member of the Southern Cove Power Reunion Association.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today at Sorge Funeral Home Inc., Hollidaysburg, where a Lions memorial service will be held at 7:45 p.m. Friends will also be received from 10 until the 11 a.m. funeral service Saturday, March 15, 2014, at Woodbury Church of the Brethren, Pastor Larry C. Graybill officiating. Interment will be at Dry Hill Cemetery with full military honors under the direction of the Blair County Veterans Honor Guard.