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Dan James Whitney

Dan James Whitney Dan James Whitney, 94, of Manhattan, Kansas, passed away November 2, 2018 at The Good Shepherd Hospice House, after a short illness. To cherish his legacy, he leaves behind 62 family members and a host of friends. His fun personality, sound mind and enlightening stories will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Dan James (Jim) Whitney was born February 11, 1924 in Manhattan, Kansas, son of Harry Browning Whitney and Esther Kearns Whitney.

He married Doline Louise Rundquist on June 13, 1948 and was married 53 years before her death in 2001. From this union of love was born six daughters; Colleen Umscheid (Rick), Cynthia Whitney, Rosalie Whitney, Denise Glenn (Randy), Janise Barnard (Chet), Renee Biby (Dan). His Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren include Kim and Tim Chambers, Cole, Tate; Danny and Kristin Umscheid, Jasmine, Maple; Holly and Jason Lowe, Connor, Emma, Olivia; Brandon and Nichole Yonning, Hunter, Sophia; Adam Yonning, Aiden, Collin; Brent Schuck; Ben and Mary Hadle, Calgary, Madi, Seth, Talia, Freija; Andrew Hadle and Haylee; Jacob and Vicki Hadle, Marlowe, Flora; Brock and Carey Glenn, Bryant; Justin and Lauren Glenn; Derek Glenn, Whitney and Cole Phebus; Sammy and Juan Uribe, Matteo; Erik Lovgren; Brooke, Gabi, RJ, Josh, Lexie, Will Biby .

He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, siblings, and granddaughter Katie Belle Lovgren.

Jim was a second-generation Whitney to be born in Manhattan. He spent the first year of his life in a small house on the Wildcat Creek. His family then moved to his Grandfather Kearns’s place which is now part of the Colbert Hills Golf Course. Around the age of five, his family bought and moved to a part of the land homesteaded by his Great-Grandfather when Manhattan was first founded. Jim remained on this property for the remainder of his life.

Farming was Jim’s passion. He farmed a plot of land for over 40 years, raising wheat, field corn, milo, alfalfa and some of the best sweet corn you’d ever taste. He milked cows and sold, or often gave away, milk to neighbors and friends. He also raised cattle, pigs and chickens and with his wife’s help, a huge kitchen garden. While he farmed, he worked for the Animal Science Department at Kansas State University. He was in charge of feeding and caring for all of the cattle that were in the K-State pastures.

Jim was a member of the Sedalia Community Church and served his life as a role model for everyone who knew him. He supported his family in all of their activities and was always available to lend a helping hand.

The family will greet friends during a visitation from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m. Thursday November 8, 2018 at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home in Manhattan.

Funeral Services for Dan will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday November 9, 2018 at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Kevin Larson officiating. Interment will follow in the Sunset Cemetery in Manhattan.

Jim wished that lieu of flowers, memorials be sent to the Good Shepherd Hospice House, or the Sedalia Church. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at

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