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Stanley Whitsell

April 30, 1934 — January 1, 2021

Stanley G. Whitsell, 86, of Alpha, IL died Friday January 1, 2021 at Cottage Hospital, Galesburg, IL.  Graveside Services are 11:00 AM Wednesday January 6, 2021 at the Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Kewanee, IL.  Visitation is from 2-6 PM Tuesday at the Peterson Wallin Knox Funeral Home in Alpha where memorials may be left to the AlWood Academic Foundation or the Tri-County Ambulance. Online condolences can be made at

Stanley was born April 30, 1934 in Compton, Illinois to Lyman and Zelda Lentz Whitsell.  He graduated from Orion High School in 1952.  He served in the United States Army from 1956 to 1958.

Stanley married Nancy A. Ensley on October 14, 1956 in Kewanee, IL.  She died in 2018.

He was employed at Butler Manufacturing in Galesburg for 41 years retiring in 1994.  He was also the AlWood Crossing Guard in Alpha from 1999 to 2014.

He was a member of the Crescent Lake Club in Alpha and enjoyed camping, playing cards, gambling, bowling, hunting and fishing.

He is survived by three daughters: Crystal  Mathis of Galesburg, IL, Sherry (Tim) DeShane of New Windsor, IL and Penny (Don) Adams of Matherville, IL, 4 grandchildren:  Jessica Mathis, Jason (Heather) DeShane, Trent (Kayli) DeShane and Ashley Clark, 4 great grandchildren, Alexandria Roden, Lucy Coffey, Gwen DeShane, McKenzey DeShane,  one brother, Lloyd (Margie) Whitsell of Galesburg and several nieces and nephews.

His parents, wife, Nancy, son Kevin, one grandson and one brother, Merritt preceded him in death.

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Service Schedule

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Tuesday, January 5, 2021

2:00 - 6:00 pm

Peterson Wallin Knox Funeral Home Alpha

111 S 1st St, Alpha, IL 61413

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Graveside Service

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Starts at 11:00 am

Evergreen Memorial Gardens

3 US-34, Albia, IA 52531

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