Claude Whited, 88, of Cherokee, passed away Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, at Cherokee Specialty Care in Cherokee.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee. The Rev. Jeff Schleisman will officiate. Burial will be 1 p.m. Thursday in Holy Name Cemetery, Marcus, Iowa. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. today, with a Knights of Columbus rosary at 4:45 p.m., the family present 5 to 7 p.m. and a prayer service at 7 p.m., at Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.greenwoodfuneral.com.
Claude Leslie Whited, the son of Edith (Fechter) and Claude Whited Sr., was born on a farm near Paullina, Iowa, on Jan. 6, 1930. He grew up on the farm, and graduated from Sutherland (Iowa) High School in 1948.
On Aug. 12, 1971, Claude married Mary Lou Galigan. She preceded him in death on Jan. 12, 1993. He was then united in marriage to Mary (Kruse) Burmakow on Sept. 11, 1993, and joyfully took on the role of stepdad and grandpa to her children and grandchildren. The two were engaged in farming south of Marcus until they retired in 2004 and moved to Cherokee.
Claude spent countless hours in his shop, both on the farm and in town, tinkering with machinery. He could fix almost anything. Following a life-altering stroke, Claude made his home at Cherokee Specialty Care. He made the most of the circumstances, and continued to amuse his family and the staff with his good sense of humor. He didn’t complain, and was always ready with a good joke.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 25 years, Mary; stepchildren, Gregory (Lynn) Burmakow of Paullina, Jeanette (Roger) Prunty of Marcus, Donald Burmakow of Paullina, Eileen (Dean) Campbell of Le Mars, Iowa, Steven Burmakow and James (Lori) Burmakow, both of Paullina, and Mary (Tim) Plathe of Granville, Iowa; 15 stepgrandchildren; nine great-stepgrandchildren; a niece, Diane Whited of Grand Forks, Mont.; nephew, David (Becky) Whited of Marcus; and sisters-in-law, Alice Whited of Paullina, Irene Schueller of Dubuque, Iowa, and Leona Ricke of Sheldon, Iowa.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Claude and Edith Whited; his first wife, Mary Lou; siblings, Jim Whited and Margaret Whited; and two stepgrandchildren.