James O. “Bill” Whitehouse, 93, Russiaville, passed away at 5:52 a.m. Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at Waterford Health Campus. He was born Dec. 17, 1920, in Elkins, Arkansas, to Harry O. and Eva (Moore) Whitehouse. On March 23, 1946, Bill married Joan Arbuckle and she survives.
Bill was a farmer and a bus driver for 30 years for Western School Corp. He was in the Army Air Corps during World War II as a sergeant in the 8th Division on a C47 as crew chief. In 2011, Bill and his son, Pete, traveled to Washington, District of Columbia, on an Honor Flight for World War II veterans. Bill was a member of Russiaville United Methodist Church, where he taught Sunday school and worked on numerous committees. He was also a past member of the Kokomo Elks Lodge 429 and the American Legion Post 6. Bill also loved to garden, owned and rode horses, traveled and camped extensively. Bill and Joan both got to enjoy 20 winters in Fort Myers, Florida.
Survivors include wife, Joan Whitehouse, Russiaville; sons, Mike (Julie) Whitehouse, Pete (Melanie) Whitehouse; daughter, Jackie Weaver; sister, Lorene Salsbury; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; great nieces and great nephews; exchange student/son, Ricardo Monte Serrat, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Eva Whitehouse; brother, Richard Whitehouse; sister, Lucille Harris.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Russiaville United Methodist Church, 180 N. Union St., with the Rev. Ron Mann and the Rev. James Lyon officiating. Burial will follow at New London Cemetery. Friends may call upon the family from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Russiaville United Methodist Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to Russiaville United Methodist Church. Stout & Son Funeral Home is assisting with funeral services.