on August 5, 2013 - 8:57 PM
, updated August 5, 2013 at 11:10 PM
July 30, 1922 – Aug. 4, 2013
At age 69, longtime Hamburg resident Wayne W. Whitted walked into the town supervisor’s office to ask how the town could mark the 50th anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day. The resulting observance, on Dec. 7, 1991, drew more than 300 residents.
Mr. Whitted also drove the Hamburg senior citizens van for many years, long past his 80th birthday.
“Wayne served his country, the business community and our senior population well into his late 80s,” former Town of Hamburg Supervisor Patrick H. Hoak recalled. “Wayne Whitted was one of many from the Greatest Generation. He will be missed.”
Mr. Whitted, a longtime village resident, World War II veteran and business owner, died Sunday, nine days after he was stricken in his Hamburg home. He was 91.
Mr. Whitted served with the Army Air Forces in World War II, when he flew many missions in the Burma-China conflict.
After the war, he worked for Bethlehem Steel Corp. as a millwright and owned Wayne Business Machines.
He was past commander of Post 527, American Legion; a 32nd-degree Mason; and a member of Post 519, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Loyal Order of Moose in Hamburg. His efforts with those organizations and driving the senior van earned him several awards, including Legionnaire of the Year, the Character Council Award from the town and the Western Star Lodge award from the Masonic Temple. He also owned harness-racing horses.
His wife of 37 years, Geraldine DeVinney Whitted, died in 1985.
Survivors include a son, Dennis, and three daughters, Linda Shea, Shirley Spaulding and Laurie Scully.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Loomis, Offers & Loomis, 207 Main St., Hamburg.