OBITUARY

Ricky D. Whitmire Sr.

November 4, 1947April 10, 2021
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WHITMIRE, Ricky D. Sr. April 10, 2021 of Grand Island, NY. Beloved husband of the late Peggy (nee Minton). Dearest father of Scott (Kelly), Jennifer (Robert) Galvano, Daniel (Jennifer) and Ricky Jr. (Keri). Cherished grandfather of Erin (Nathan Keefe)Deering, Brendon (Amberlynn Steuer) Deering, Madison Deering, Catelynn, Emily, Ava, Halle Jo, Landon and Caleb Whitmire. Brother of Wendy Whitmire and the late Sharon Palmer and Ronald Whitmire and Brother in law of Kathleen (Rick) Watson, Barbara Minton, Paul (Mary) Minton and Peter (Michelle) Minton. Survived by several nephews and nieces, along with many “adopted” family who knew him as Dad Whitmire or Papa. Family will receive friends on Wednesday from 4-8 PM at DENGLER ROBERTS PERNA FUNERAL HOME 3070 Delaware Ave. Kenmore, NY. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Bible Fellowship Center 1136 Baseline Rd., Grand Island on Thursday at 11AM. Please assemble at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of WNY or the Bible Fellowship Center. Ricky was in the first graduating class of Grand Island High School in 1966. He was a proud veteran of the United States Navy serving during the Vietnam War. He also assisted during the recovery of the Apollo 11 Astronauts. He was also one of the first cowboys at Fantasy Island. He had danced for Buffalo Bandstand with Dick Clark. He loved camping and enjoyed playing his guitar while there as music was a huge part of his life. He loved spending time with friends and family especially his grandchildren. After his Military service, He worked for National Grinding Wheel and re-educated himself working for Belknap Heating and Cooling until his retirement. If one word was used to sum up his life, it would be servant. He had a servant’s heart, always willing to help those in need. His faith in his Lord and Savior was strong. No matter what the situation was, Ricky always trusted in God. It was this trust and faith in God that would shine through daily as he battled the horrible disease, Alzheimer's. There was never a doubt in his mind, even when Alzheimer's took his abilities, he knew he was going home to be with the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He leaves behind a legacy of faith and love. Online condolences may be shared at www.denglerrobertspernafuneral.com

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, April 14, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, April 15, 2021

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Linda Hankinson

April 14, 2021

To Jennifer Galvano and family,

I'm so sorry to hear that your dad passed away. I'm sure you have fond memories of him. Keep his memory alive by talking to your children and other friends and family about the kind man he was. It will give you great comfort.
I was so glad I got to see you last week. Take care.

Love,
Linda Carere Hankinson (NCCC)

Corey Hildebrand

April 11, 2021

I will always remember Rick’s big smile and kind, kind heart. He and Peg took my family and myself in during a very hard time in our lives. They wouldn’t accept a dime, and I know that they struggled to make ends meet without carrying us as well. That seven weeks was one of the most blessed times in my life. I had never met a man like Rick-so kind, so generous, so gentle and humble. He and Peg showed me what a good, Christian marriage looked like. They made me feel like I was part of their family even though we didn’t know each other well. To sum it up: Rick and Peg showed me what being a true Christian was all about and for that I am forever grateful. I look forward to seeing my friends again when I get to heaven.

Jim. (Jud) Judkins

April 11, 2021

Spent many a Sunday in the fellowship hall at Bible Fellowship Center having coffee and cake with him. We would talk camping, military. He will be missed.

Maria Smith

April 11, 2021

He was such am amazing God fearing man. He will definitely be missed. Praying for comfort for the family.

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