Range Funeral Homes


William Arthur Whitlock

11/17/1938 - 05/05/2020

William (Bill) Arthur Whitlock, 81, went to be with his Lord and Savior on May 5, 2020. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, July 25th from 1:00 – 3:00 at the Silica Community Center/Fire Hall (1659 Hwy 73, Hibbing). Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Hibbing.

Bill was born to Arthur William Whitlock and Gertrude Jane (Weldon) in New York Mills, MN on November 17, 1938. The family moved to northern Minnesota and eventually settled in rural Hibbing on Sand Lake. Bill graduated from Hibbing High School in 1957. He married the love of his life, Kathy June Newman, in Hibbing, on July 1, 1961.  Together they raised their six children in a home they built on the farmland Bill purchased when he was just sixteen years old.  Bill was a jack of all trades, especially proficient in building and mechanical work.  In addition to farming and logging, Bill worked in area mines, including Butler Taconite and National Steel, as a welder and machinist, retiring in 1994.

Bill and June spent seventeen winters of their retirement years in a house they built in Old Town, FL.  Bill would often say he was “so happy to be able to enjoy that time in Florida with his beautiful wife.”

With a chuckly laugh and a twinkle in his eye, Bill taught us to love well, to work hard, to be honest, and to be just slightly competitive (especially while playing the marble game). We also learned valuable lessons like “a job worth doing is a job worth doing right” and “if you don’t have the money, you don’t buy it”. Dad, your little light will continue to shine…from Heaven now.

Bill is survived by his wife June, together for nearly sixty years; children, Brenda Perry, Sherri (Shane) Renskers, Brett (Rita) Whitlock, Terri (Ron) Taggart, Dawn Fazio (Matt Margenthaler), and Billi Jo Whitlock; grandchildren, Cassie, Joshua (Amber), Kathi Jo, Brett (Dana), Brittany, Franki, Sammi, Tara, Josie, Kelsey, Riley, Brock, and Jordan; great-grandsons, Bryden and Leon; great-granddaughter, Alissandra, expected on May 13, 2020; and best friend, Dave Brandt.

Bill is predeceased by his parents, Arthur and Gertrude; siblings, Jane, Frank, James, Harvey, Donna, Ruth, Ralph, Jerry, and Ronnie; son-in-law, Brian Fazio; and best friend, Duane Bender.

5 thoughts on “William Arthur Whitlock”

  1. Sherry and Jim Kirsch says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family…Bill was a wonderful man who leaves behind many happy memories.

  2. Rene Whitlock says:

    Sorry to hear of Bills passing. He is without pain and in the arms of our Lord. May Gods promise comfort and give you peace during this difficult time.

  3. Ole, Carol, Ron & Paula Newman says:

    Prayers, hugs and lots of love. We’re hoping to bring mom & dad to Aunt June’s when the pandemic calms down. We love you!

  4. Brenda says:

    I LOVE this but he didn’t die cuz of the virus.

  5. Mary Lipps says:

    What a testimony to love of family your dad lived!!! I don’t think I’ve ever heard anything but positive things about your dad!! Praying for all of you during this time!!

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Saturday 07/25/2020 at 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Silica Community Center, Minnesota 73, Hibbing, MN, USA