Francis C. Whisler
Francis C. Whisler, age 84, of Shelby, died Saturday, December 19, 2020 at Primrose Retirement Community in Mansfield where he had resided for the past three and a half years.
Francis was born February 25 ,1936 in Shelby, the son of the late Ambrose and Margaret J. (Hanrahan) Whisler. He was a 1954 graduate of Union High School and thoroughly enjoyed gathering with his classmates each month for food and fellowship. Francis retired as a Chief Master Sergeant after 39 years of service with the Ohio Air National Guard at Mansfield Lahm. After retirement, Francis worked for 15 years at Meijer in Ontario. For 11 ½ years, he served on the Crestview School Board of Education and, for many years, volunteered for Franklin Township Fire Department. Together with his late wife, Ruth, he enjoyed camping for many years where they made many friends and memories, especially fishing with his grandsons. Francis loved nature- from farming God’s land to watching deer roam, it gave him great pleasure.
Francis is survived by his 4 children: Diana (Gary) Kerr of Grove City, Russ (Kathy) Whisler of Ashland, Lori (Dale) Dye of Marion, Tim (Lisa) Whisler of Mansfield; 7 grandsons: Kevin (Stephanie) Kerr, Andy (Ashley) Kerr, Ryan (Avery) Whisler, Daniel Whisler, Joseph Whisler, Jacob Whisler, and Austin (Brook) Whisler; great grandchildren: Caleb, Hailey, and Sara Kerr and Locklyn and Rowan Kerr; 2 brothers: James (Dory) Whisler of Florida and Richard (Brenda) Whisler of South Carolina; a sister-in-law: Joyce Whisler of New Washington; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife: Ruth Eileen (Feaster) Whisler on February 24, 2013; and his brothers: Thomas Whisler and Jack Whisler.
The family would like to thank Francis’ classmate from Union High School who have remained lifelong faithful friends, his former Shelby neighbors who always looked out for him and assisted with anything he needed, and for the nursing staff at Primrose for their great care.
Family and friends are welcome on Sunday, December 27, 2020 from 2-5 pm at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby where a rosary will be recited at 4:45 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Monday, December 28, 2020 at 10:30 am at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 29 West Street, Shelby with Fr. John Missler and Fr. Chris Mileski concelebrating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, or the Crestview Scholarship Fund and left in care of the funeral home.
Appropriate ways to express sympathy for those unable to attend may be done by leaving an online condolence at www.PenwellTurner.com or by leaving a comment on Francis’ obituary on the funeral home’s Facebook page, Facebook.com/PenwellFuneral.