Keith Whitener was born on June 29, 1930, in Grand Forks, ND, the third of four children born to parents, Sterling Whitener and Lilja (Gislason) Whitener. Keith lived in Quincy his entire life, where he grew up on the family cattle ranch and became an accomplished horseman. He graduated from Quincy High School in 1948, and enrolled in Central Washington College, where he earned a degree in Education in 1951. On August 17, 1951, he married Wilma Gay. He entered the Army and served in the Korean War from 1952 to 1954. When he returned from Korea, he began teaching Math at Moses Lake Junior High. Deciding that teaching was not his calling, he enrolled in Washington State College in 1956, at the College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated from there in 1960. He practiced Veterinary Medicine in Spokane for one year and then opened the Quincy Veterinary Clinic in 1961. After 32 years treating large and small animals, he retired from his practice in 1993, and enjoyed his family, travel and woodworking. He passed away on March 25, 2011, after a short battle with Parkinson's disease.
Keith was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Wilma; his three children, Eric (Alison) Whitener, Mindi (Howard) Finke and Kevin Whitener; five grandchildren, Rene;, Jamie, Cy, Geoff and Haley; one great-grandchild, Aniston; brother, LeRoy (Evelyn) Whitener; and sisters, Rosalie (Don) Rifenbery and JoAn (Karl) Schulz.
Funeral Services are planned for 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 1, 2011, at the First Presbyterian Church in Quincy. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that friends make donations to the Reimann-Simmons House or to a favorite Veterans' organization. Please leave a memory for the family or sign their guest book at www.scharbachs.com. Scharbach's Columbia Funeral Chapel, Quincy, is handling the arrangements for the Whitener Family.