Roland (Red) Whisler
A Mass of Christian Burial for Roland E. (Red) Whisler, 87, Leavenworth, was Tuesday, Aug. 22, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Leavenworth. Burial was at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Lansing.
Mr. Whisler died Thursday, Aug. 17, 2006, quietly in his home with family and friends from Hospice.
He was born Aug. 13, 1919, in Kansas City, Mo., the son of Fred and Grace Whisler.
He married his first wife, Peggy, in 1946. On March 5, 1954, he married Ouida E. Cranford.
Mr. Whisler served in the U.S. Army in World War II from 1942 through 1946 as a private first class Medical Aidman 657. He was presented with the Good Conduct Medal and Meritorious Service Plaque. He also received entitlement to wear the American Theatre Campaign Ribbon and Victory Ribbon. He received an honorable discharge in 1946.
Mr. Whisler gained certifications for training in many fields. He was a certified welder, working at Missouri Valley Steel in Leavenworth, and he contributed to the Centennial Bridge during its construction.
He was a master carpenter who worked at Great Western Manufacturing, built eight houses and also made custom cabinets and did remodeling work.
Mr. Whisler, only having an eighth-grade education, gained employment at the Kansas State Penitentiary in 1965. He returned to school and studied hard to gain his high school diploma. After that, he continued his education to gain credits to be an instructor in the certified skill of tool and die making. He worked with many inmates and trained them in the field so that they could work toward a better life after their incarceration.
Mr. Whisler retired from the prison in 1980, due to health issues, but remained active with his family and friends. He cared for Ouida, who suffered from Alzheimer's disease, until her death.
His son, Michael Rinier, also died earlier.
Survivors include a daughter, Bernice Garnett, Leavenworth; five stepdaughters, Peggy Oldham, Indiana, Norma Jordan, Arizona, Shirley Lantrip, Texas, Mary Lee Haas, Lowemont, and Lenny Rae Barnes, Topeka; two grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials to St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Shriners' Children's Fund or the Alzheimer's Foundation, sent in care of Davis Funeral Home, 531 Shawnee, Leavenworth 66048.