Earl Whittle


 Earl G. Whittle, 91, of Prairie du Chien and formerly of Elkader passed away Thursday, Aug. 29, at the Prairie Maison Care Center. 

He was born Jan. 16, 1922, in Elkader, the son of Clem and Elsie (Kopp) Whittle. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. Earl married Ruth Hamilton on Oct. 14, 1950, at St. Rafael’s Cathedral in Dubuque, Iowa. She preceded him in death on their 60 year anniversary on Oct. 14, 2010. Together they farmed in the Elkader, Iowa area for over 30 years before moving to Prairie du Chien in 1980. Earl enjoyed fishing on the Mississippi and was an avid gardener, especially tending his tomatoes. Recently Earl was proud to have participated in the Freedom Flight. 

He is survived by his daughter Linda (Dennis) Meyers of Greensboro, N.C.; his brothers, Malcolm (Joann) Whittle of Elkader and Norbert (Dorothy) Whittle of Milwaukee; a sister-in-law Bernice Whittle of Elkader; two grandchildren Molly and Michele along with six great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; a brother Burnell and a sister Edith (Dale) Peck.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 11 a.m. at St. Gabriel’s Church of the Holy Family Parish in Prairie du Chien, Rev. James Weighner officiating, with burial in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Elkader, Iowa. Military Honors will be accorded by the Prairie du Chien Honor Guard. Friends may call on Monday, Sept. 2, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Garrity Funeral Home in Prairie du Chien where there will be a wake scripture at 7:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Mississippi River Museum in Dubuque, Iowa. 

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