Fred Whitmer

Posted 4/23/21

NEWMAN — Fred Whitmer, 91, of Prescott, Ariz., and formerly of Newman, passed away peacefully Jan. 31, 2021, at his home. He farmed for many years in Newman and Paris.

His ashes were buried …

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Fred Whitmer

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NEWMAN — Fred Whitmer, 91, of Prescott, Ariz., and formerly of Newman, passed away peacefully Jan. 31, 2021, at his home. He farmed for many years in Newman and Paris.

His ashes were buried with those of his wife in the Fairfield Church Cemetery, near Newman. Joines Funeral Home assisted with the local arrangements.

Mr. Whitmer was born Dec. 12, 1929, at Brocton, the son of the late Pete and Gladys Whitmer. He married Mary Jane Reed Whitmer in the Fairfield Church, and she preceded him in death.

He is survived by his daughter, Deborah and son, John; three granddaughters, Amanda (Brian), Abigail and Emily; two great-grandchildren, Vivien and William; stepchildren, Jerry, Jill (TK) and John; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Phillip; sister, Barbara; and nephew, Tim. 

Mr. Whitmer was a graduate of Paris High School. He served as a past president of the Newman High School board and was a past member of Eastern Star and a Mason.  

He and his wife moved to Ft. Myers, Fla., where he continued his farming interest by becoming one of the first employees of the new Pioneer Processing Plant and worked there until it closed. He was considered a local expert in tomato growing both in Ft. Myers and Prescott, Ariz. 

The couple’s retirement dream was to move to Prescott, Ariz., and a new home.  They lived in Prescott until their deaths.

Memorial donations may be made to Hope Hospice or the Alzheimer’s Association.