We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at DeBaun Funeral Homes & Crematory
William J. Whitman, 80, of Terre Haute, passed away mid-morning Monday June 13, 2022, at his prior place of employment, Reach Services on Hulman Street, Terre Haute. He was born in St. Louis on January 16, 1942, to C. Van Whitman and Marcella M. Casper.
He was preceded in death by his parents, C. Van,and Marcella M., of Catoosa, OK. and Talmadge, NE., respectively. His father spent most of his time traveling because he was a Structural Engineer.
In the 1970’s Bill earned a dual degree from the University of Washington in the Seattle area. A bachelor’s degree in psychology with advanced certificates for geriatric, ethnic-tribal mental health. He also obtained a bachelor’s degree in Business. He graduated from Thornton High school in Harvey, Illinois. He had currently worked for Reach Services and SSVF assisting homeless Veterans but had also held other positions in Tampa Bay and Seattle mental health facilities.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia Whitman of Terre Haute, IN., one brother, Fredrick Whitman of Lexington, TN.; one sister, Barbara Mullen of Indiana; one brother-in-law, Vito Graziano of TN., Special mention for Ken Hutson, friend extroardinare. Multiple nieces, and nephews along with great nieces and nephews.
Bill was an unbelievable man who was loved by so many that it is impossible to name them all. He was always there to help someone, although this was his job, he loved having the opportunity to help a fellow Veteran. The world will surely miss this man even though many are unaware of his willingness to work from home after hours to make sure a Veteran was not homeless for another night.
Although a Mental Health Counselor trained in grief counseling and so many other lifesaving skills, he was not able to save himself. Bill was one of a kind, one in which the world needed badly. In these times of great stress for all, think of Bill and realize that we have lost one of God’s angels on earth. His memory will be treasured by all whose lives he touched and influenced.
As unassuming and unpretentious as he was in life, he has requested to be cremated, and there will be no funeral, or burial. At some future date a military cemetery will hold both our remains in a mausoleum, for right now, I want him home with me.