OBITUARY

Ralph Howard Whitman Jr.

May 17, 1923March 6, 2019
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Ralph Howard Whitman, Jr. passed away on March 6, 2019 and was born in Newport R.I. on May 17, 1923. He graduated from Rogers High School, Newport, R.I. in 1941. When World War II broke out, he joined the Sea Bees and served in the South Pacific for two and a half years before returning to the states for R&R. While preparing for a return to the South Pacific, the news broke out that the war would be over soon. Following the war, he traveled to Austin to work with a buddy from the Navy. This is where he met and married Doris Marie Johnson. They loved traveling the country together, and enjoyed summer road trips to visit the Rhode Island cousins. As members of several square dancing groups, they formed many lifelong friendships. Together they raised four sons: Ralph, Bill, Don and Ray. Ralph was a respected and successful builder/contractor in and around Austin for forty years. After retirement from construction, he moved to his ranch in Burnet County. As a Burnet County rancher, he remained an intense and hard worker for the rest of his life. Throughout his life, Ralph was dedicated and active of the three different Episcopal churches: Trinity Church, Newport, R.I., St. Georges Church, Austin and Epiphany Church, Burnet. He was a member of “The Masons”, “The Sons of the American Revolution” and “Veterans of Foreign War” As an avid auto racing fan he traveled all over the state and country to attend World of Outlaws sprint care events. He was a music lover, (especially blue grass and gospel), and enjoyed the many local music festivals. Ralph was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years: Doris Marie Johnson Whitman , son Donald James Whitman, brother Robert Franklin Whitman, and sister Edith Hunter Whitman Gilman. Ralph is survived by three sons: Ralph Howard Whitman III, William Alan Whitman, and Raymond Bruce Whitman; Granddaughter: Victoria Leigh Whitman Bailey and husband Justin; three great grandchildren: Aubrey, Avery and Andrew; and close friend and companion Mary Bosshardt. Visitation will be on Sunday, March 10, 2019 from 12 to 2 p.m at the Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home in Burnet, Texas. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 11, 2019 at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in Burnet, Texas. Burial will follow at 2:00.m. at the Austin Memorial Park in Austin, Texas. Arrangements by Clements-Wilcox Funeral home In Burnet Texas. Condolences may be made at www.clementswilcoxburnet.com

  • FAMILY

  • Ralph Howard Whitman III, Son
  • William Alan Whitman, Son
  • Raymond Bruce Whitman, Son
  • Victoria Leigh Whitman Bailey, Granddaughter
  • Aubrey Bailey, Great Grandchild
  • Avery Bailey, Great Grandchild
  • Andrew Bailey, Great Grandchild
  • He is also survived by his close friend and companion Mary Bosshardt.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, March 10, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, March 11, 2019
  • Graveside Service Monday, March 11, 2019
REMEMBERING

Ralph Howard Whitman Jr.

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GG Simon

March 10, 2019

My Dad was a close friend they worked together many years and the Witman's would come by on Christmas eve to visit So Sorry Boys for your lost our thoughts and prayers are with you
GG and Dora

Robbie Shader

March 8, 2019

I'll never forget my first kiss from Ralph. I had barely told him my name and out came a silver wrapped Hershey's Kiss. I told him I thought he was being a bit forward and his response was (and with a smirk I might add), "it's better than being backwards isn't it?" He could make me laugh at the drop of a pin. Ralph was more like a father at times than just a friend. He knew I wanted to raise chickens and that I wanted to build my own coop and run. He said if I wanted to, I could come out to a piece of his property and tear down an old building and I could have all the wood I wanted. I took him up on his offer and while it was my plan to do all the work myself, he insisted it wasn't going to be that way. Although I was 67 at the time (he was 93), I soon learned that he could run circles around me without even breaking a sweat. It was fun to observe how he lumbered along with his chores, steady and sure of every move. The man just never stopped. I heard all kinds of stories, I learned how to remove bent nails that wouldn't give, how to stack wood so it wouldn't warp when it rained, and so much more. I loved every moment we met whether it was over coffee, an ice cream cone or a chance meeting at the library while reading his morning paper. You just never knew when you'd run into him but I knew if I did, my chances of getting another kiss was pretty high on his list of tricks in swaying the girls his way. Ralph my dear, you are going to be sorely missed. Go in peace young man and I'll see you when I cross over. Love, Robbie.

Donna and Ronnie Helms

March 7, 2019

We are sorry to learn of the death of Ralph Whitman. He has been a friend of ours for a long time and he will be missed.

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Biography

      Ralph Howard Whitman Jr. was known as many things to many people. He was a loved one, a friend, and someone special. To family and friends who knew him best, Ralph will be remembered as a very exceptional person.

      Simply stated, Ralph was a good and kind person, an individual who will for all time be remembered by his family and friends as being a caring and giving person, someone who was a vital part of their lives. Ralph leaves behind him a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life he touched will always remember Ralph Howard Whitman Jr.