Robert J. Whitney: 1949-2004


Robert J. "Rob" Whitney of Craig, died June 4, 2004, at his home. He was 54.

Whitney was born Aug. 3, 1949, in Kearney, Neb., to Delbert and Phyllis (Adams) Whitney.

Whitney was raised and attended school in Kearney. After high school graduation, he served in the U.S. Navy for a short time. He then returned to Kearney, where he attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney and received his degree in physical education. He married Denise M. Nienaber on Aug. 17, 1974, in Kearney. While living in Kearney, Whitney taught physical education in the elementary school, worked in construction, and was a truck driver. He and his wife moved to Craig in 1985, and he went to work for Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. and later for various companies as a truck driver. His last employment was with Trans Colorado Concrete Company. He was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church and enjoyed skiing, fishing, hunting, bowling and attending auctions.

Whitney is survived by his wife, Denise Whitney of Craig; son, Kirt Whitney of Craig; sister, Barbara Peterson of Lincoln, Neb.; brothers Mark and Timothy Whitney of Kearney; mother-in-law, Mildred Nienaber of Kearney; and brothers-in-law David Nienaber of Broken Bow, Neb., and Derald Nienaber of Chicago.

Whitney was preceded in death by his parents.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated June 7, 2004, at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Craig, with celebrant Father Ernest Bayer. The organist was Anne Carr, vocalists were Joyce Miller and Mary Quinn, and the violinist was Sandra Kruczek.

Special selection was "Let There Be Peace On Earth," by the Sweet Adelines.

Pallbearers were Joe Arroyo, Clay Dietrich, Bob Laford and Larry Weis.

Concluding services and interment were in Kearney.

Memorial contributions may be made to Moffat County Cancer Society in care of Grant Mortuary.

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