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George Whaley

George William Whaley, 79, of New York Mills, passed away July 12, 2009, at his home.

He was born on May 12, 1930, in Dead Lake Township, rural Richville, to Roy E. and Ella Mae (Shaffer) Whaley. He grew up in Minneapolis for a short time and graduated with the class of 1948 from Hancock High School in Hancock. He attended Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis. He married Bonnie Jean Moe in November 1949. Their marriage was blessed with five children. George was a journeyman electrician for 12 years. He was then employed as a passenger elevator constructor for 33 years where he was employed in California from 1962-1965. From 1965-1981, he was employed in the elevator trade in Minneapolis and St. Paul. On June 8, 1979, he married Delphine Elfa Erkenbrack in Chisago, Minn. He and Delphine made their home Idaho and Washington where he continued working with elevators. When he retired in 1995 he built a workshop in Idaho where he enjoyed refinishing furniture. In 2002, he and Delphine moved to New York Mills, and he built another shop. They enjoyed traveling and antiquing. He also enjoyed construction, rifle hunting and archery hunting in Idaho and Minnesota.

Memorial services were held Saturday, July 18, at the United Methodist Church in Richville with the Rev. Rod Tornquist officiating. Honorary pallbearers were all of his grandchildren. He was laid to rest in Richville Cemetery. Arrangements were provided by the Karvonen & Son Funeral Home in New York Mills (

Survivors include his wife, Delphine Whaley of New York Mills; daughters, Jill (Mike) Gattenby of White Bear Township, and Erin (Tracy) Beam of North Branch; sons, Scott (Jennifer) Whaley of Cottage Grove, Minn., Kevin (Diane) Whaley of Circle Pines, and Darwin Whaley of Ellwood City, Pa.; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sister, Velma Farr of Fridley; sister-in-law, Millie Whaley of Montgomery, Texas; many other relatives and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Kenneth Whaley and Roy Jr. (Lola) Whaley; brother-in-law, Lewis Farr; and stepson, Robert Harvey.