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Phillip Alan Whaley

Born: Thu., Mar. 25, 1926
Died: Thu., Jun. 18, 2020


9:00 AM to 10:00 AM, Wed., Jun. 24, 2020
Location: Haskell Funeral Home

Funeral Service

10:00 AM Wed., Jun. 24, 2020
Location: Lovell Cemetery

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Phillip Alan Whaley, 94, beloved husband, father, grandad, great-grandad, friend, leader, and mentor passed away June 18, 2020, at the North Big Horn Hospital.  

Phil, son of Vivian Lucille Bader, was born in Denver, Colorado on March 25, 1926.  Vivian married Francis Jackson “Jack” Whaley in November 1927.  Phil spent his youngest years living in Missouri, then to Ten Sleep Country of Wyoming where he lived until he graduated from Ten Sleep High School in 1944.  During these challenging years of the Great Depression, meager wages, and World War II, six siblings were born to Vivian and Jack—Freddie, Jackie, Margaret (Peggy), Keith, Nancy, and Lois Ann. His fondest memories of those growing up years were spent with his Grandma Ethel and Grandad Fred Bader from Ten Sleep.

He loved his country, and served in the South Pacific during World War II.  He signed up to join the Navy, but those signing up at that time were sent where the greatest need was, so he became Army infantry, which some soldiers called themselves “cannon fodder”. Through an instance of Divine Intervention, he returned home to attend the University of Wyoming.  (He had at least 7 instances in his life which he knew were Divine Interventions—from being saved from drowning at a young age to surviving his “Safari” 8 years ago in the Pryor Mountains.

Phil met the love of his life, Ilene Farmer, in September 1946 on a very crowded Trailways bus taking students from the Big Horn Basin to Laramie to attend the University of Wyoming.  The bus was so crowded when he got on in Worland, that Phil was pushed to the back of the bus where a beautiful, auburn haired, blue-eyed girl offered to let him sit on her suitcase.  The rest is history.  Phil and Ilene were married August 18, 1947.  Three children were born to this couple: James Farmer Whaley (Jim), Janene, and Connie Lee.

Phil and Ilene spent their career years in the educational field.  His first teaching assignment came even before he finished his Bachelor of Science Degree.  Through the years, and with two more advanced university degrees—Master of Arts and Educational Specialist—Phil’s career took them to schools in Pavillion, WY, Belle Fourche, SD, Turlock, CA, Burlington, WY, Jackson, WY, Sheridan, WY, Byron, WY, Imperial, NE, and Conrad, MT in mostly school administrative positions.  

Phil “changed” occupations from 1986 to 1995 when he and his wife served four 18 month missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  They served in Kenya East Africa, Micronesia Guam, Quezon City Philippines, and Welfare Square in Salt Lake City where they served as Church Employment Specialists assisting and upgrading those needing work.  They then served as ordinance workers and supervisor in the Jordan River Temple for 6 years.  As missionaries and in the public school settings, Phil and Ilene have been instrumental in influencing countless lives for eternity.  

In 2006, they moved back to the Big Horn Basin once again when Ilene’s Alzheimer’s Disease became worse.  Phil became an advocate for helping others learn how to appropriately work with Alzheimer’s patients.

Phillip A. Whaley was preceded in death by his eternal sweetheart, Ilene Farmer Whaley, two grandchildren, Daphna Reuter and Clinton Whaley Hatch, and two great-grandchildren, Katelyn Caturia and Tyler Kevin Hatch, his mother Vivian Whaley, brothers Freddie and Keith, and sisters Jackie Phillips, Nancy Osburn, and Lois Ann Simpson.

Phil is survived by his sister Peggy Ludtke, his three children James “Jim” Whaley, Janene (Don) Hatch, and Connie (Allen) Reuter; 14 grandchildren, and 26 great grandchildren, though he said all of his grandchildren were GREAT!

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John and Marilyn Farmer
   Posted Fri June 26, 2020
We appreciated the opportunity to view Uncle Phil's service. He was a very good man. His and Aunt Ilene's many kindnesses and service through out their lives is an inspiration to our family. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Whaley family. We love you.

John and Marilyn Farmer and family

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