Orval Lester Whaley
Orval Lester Whaley, 89, passed away Monday morning, Sept. 24, 2012, at his residence surrounded by his daughters.
Orval was born Oct. 31, 1922, in Bloomington, and was the son of Lester Orval and Lillie Ann (Carmichael) Whaley.
He was a graduate of Bloomington High School.
Orval is a World War II U.S. Army veteran, serving three years in the Pacific theater.
Upon returning home he began his career at RCA, where he was a tool-and-die maker.
Upon his retirement in 1984, he and Becky were able to enjoy their early years of retirement by traveling, but most importantly by spending quality time with their children and grandchildren.
Orval was a faithful member of Stanford Baptist Church until his and Becky’s health made it difficult to attend. He was also a member of the Stanford Masonic Lodge and the Solsberry American Legion.
Orval’s passing will leave a void in the lives of those who knew and dearly loved him, but having known him made each of our lives richer.
Orval is survived by his four daughters, Phyllis Kasting (Tom) of Franklin, Ellen Sparks (Steve) of Ellettsville, Marilyn Kindred (Ross) and Janice Weaver (Marvin), all of Bloomfield. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren, Kyle Kasting, Kim Minton (Josh), Tammi Klein (Matt), Brad Sparks (Katie), Krista Patterson (Matt), Stacey Corbin (Steve), Jason Austin (Sasha), Ryan Austin (Ciera), Clint Weaver (Shelly) and Amy Deckard (Brad); two stepgrandchildren, Brad Kindred (Amy) and Jenna Walker (Spencer); 12 great-grandchildren, Avery Minton, Madison and Karis Klein, Tyler and Reid Patterson, Brody and Colton Sparks, Ian and Josie Corbin, Ayden and Jaelyn Deckard and Kaylee Weaver; and four great-stepgrandchildren, Blake and Abby Kindred and Rachel and Riley Walker.
Orval was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 57 years, Rebecca “Becky” Whaley, who passed away August 2007; a stillborn son, Phillip Whaley; great-granddaughter, Bristol Sparks; and brother, Otis Whaley.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at The Funeral Chapel of Powell and Deckard, 3000 E. Third St., Bloomington. Brother Rodney Wallace will officiate the service. Burial will be at Valhalla Memory Gardens, where the veterans honor guard will have military rites. Visitation for Orval will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at The Funeral Chapel and from noon until time of service on Thursday.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Greene County Chapel Cemetery or Indiana University Health Hospice, in care of the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.pdcfuneralchapel.com