E. David Whitsell, age 97, of Granite City, IL, passed away on January 10, 2013 at Rosewood Care Center, Edwardsville, IL. David was born on August 5, 1915, in Clay, KY, a son to the late Arthur David and Rhoda Mae (Winters) Whitsell.
David was a member of Central Christian Church, Granite City, IL, and a member of Elks Lodge #1063 Granite City, IL. David was also the Past Exalted Ruler, two times at the Elks Lodge. He had retired from McDonnell Douglass / Boeing Aircraft Company, St. Louis, MO after 35 years of service. David had worked as an engineer on the first space shuttle; Columbia. His greatest joy was spending time with his family and friends. David will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
In addition to his parents, David was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Whitsell; second wife Robbie Whitsell; and his dear daughter, Diana Whitsell; brother, Elmon Lee Whitsell; sister, Evedean Perkins; and half-brother, Wayne Downen.
David is survived by his two loving sons, Larry David Whitsell of Kansas City, KS and Richard Allen (Vanita) Whitsell of Kansas City, KS; three adoring granddaughters, Alicia, Carrie and Erica; three dear great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Breanna and Carter.
Visitation: friends may call from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Monday, January 14, 2013 at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Rd. Granite City, IL.
In celebration of his life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL with Rev. Randy Vollmar officiating. Interment will be in St. John Cemetery, Nameoki Rd. Granite City, IL.
Memorial donations may be given to Central Christian Church, Granite City, IL or Susan G. Koman Race for the Cure and will be accepted at the funeral chapel. www.irwinchapel.com
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