Kenneth Whitney

Kenneth Whitney Photo 001                                                           Kenneth G. Whitney, 90 of Troy

Kenneth George Whitney was born May 11, 1925, in Potlatch, Idaho to George L. and Selma (Anderson) Whitney.

He passed away on October 25, 2015, at his home in Troy.

Kenneth was raised in Potlatch, attending school there and working throughout his childhood with his brother Bob Whitney usually at his side. He was called to serve his country during his senior year at Potlatch High School in 1943. He joined the Army Air Corp and was soon became a Staff Sergeant, being sent to England where he served as a Flight Engineer on a B-17, the Lastest Rumor flying over Europe for an extraordinary 35 missions for the 351st Bombardment Squadron, the 100th Bombardment Group and receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross for his bravery under fire as well as a Silver Star.

Kenneth married Beverly Joyce Smith at Potlatch, Idaho, May 21, 1948. The two later settled in Troy, Idaho, buying Troy Motors with Dorwin Anderson.  Kenneth worked at Troy Motors until he was 80 when he decided it was time to retire. Working was a way of life for Kenneth, he was never one to set idle for long, if he wasn’t serving his community on the city council or as a volunteer fireman, he was with Doc Drury on an ambulance run or a rafting trip. His love of flying continued with him throughout his years, he loved learning, especially about planes.

His hobbies were hunting, fishing, camping and spending time with his family. He was a gun collector and especially enjoyed refurbishing them and telling stories of his youth and adventures to all who would listen. He also enjoyed attending sporting events and activities of his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He became a member of Zion Lutheran Church of Deary, being baptized there in 2004.

One of Kenneth’s proudest moments was receiving his Potlatch High School Diploma, in May of 2002, at the age of 78, the same day that his youngest grandson, Dan Whitney, graduated from Troy High School.

Kenneth was known to his grandchildren as “Pap Pap”, they were the light of his life. At his death he had 17 great grandchildren, 7 grandchildren, his son Kenny and wife Debbie of Troy and daughter Jackie Marshall and husband Larry of Clarkston. He is also survived by his sisters Darlene Eggers and husband Loren, and Belva Dyer and her husband Paul all of Lewiston and his many nieces and nephews that he held dear to his heart. Kenneth is preceded in death by his wife, Beverly in October of 2008, brothers Delbert, Bob and Gordon, and a sister Shirley.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. at Short’s Funeral Chapel in Moscow. Pastor Murray Stanton of Zion Lutheran Church, Deary, will officiate and a reception and time of fellowship will follow.

Memorials may be sent to Troy High School Athletics, 101 Trojan Way, Troy, ID 83871, Potlatch High School Athletics, 130 6th St, Potlatch, ID 83855, or Zion Lutheran Church of Deary, PO Box 127, Deary, ID 83823.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be sent to


8 Responses to Kenneth Whitney

  1. Charles and Nancy Bean says:

    Ken and Deb,
    We were sorry to hear about Ken’s fathers death. You are in our prayers. We think of you often. May your friends and family find comfort in knowing that one day you will all be together. Miss you Deb!!!

    Nancy & Charles Bean

  2. John & Darlene Smith says:

    Thinking of all of you today. John was looking forward to sharing the wrecker he purchased from Troy Motors with Kenny when he finishes fixing it up. Big hugs to all of you.
    John & Darlene Smith

  3. Tony and Melody Wilkes says:

    Ken and Debbie and the rest of the Whitney clan. You are in our thoughts and prayers as Kenneth will be greatly missed. I learned a lot from him both working at the service station and helping out on occasion at Troy Motors. He is with Beverly now and they are watching over you all. Once again our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time.

    Tony and Melody Wilkes

  4. Chip & Katy Whiteley says:

    Ken & Debbie and ALL the family. We are so sorry for your (and our) loss.

  5. Stormy (Goick) AhYee says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Your families are in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. Roger Farrell says:

    Ken, Deb and Whitney family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Kenneth was among the last of my ties to Troy. I always enjoyed stopping to talk during Troy days. He will be greatly missed

  7. Barry & Linn Pemberton says:

    I (Barry) had the honor of meeting Mr. Whitney while working for his granddaughter, Wendy, at the control tower. He was a wonderful gentlemen and truly one of the “Greatest Generation”. We are sad to hear of his passing. I was privileged to share a few moments of his life. Fond memories of him will remain forever. His family is in our thoughts.

  8. Cliff Swanson says:

    Ken was such a good friend. He would always have good advice for my vehicles. I think he liked that I am also a die hard Chevrolet person. I remember the last major issue I had he diagnosed without a computer. Beat Chipman and Taylor just by be explaining the symptoms, there computer was no match for Ken.

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