Sunday, August 14, 2011

William Otto Whetstone 05/10/1939 - 08/13/2011


For all that have been wondering about why the shop has had such crazy hours lately, my father passed away tonight at approximately 7:45pm at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, Illinois. He experienced complications from a heart attack that he had on Tuesday, August 9th. He was taken off of life support at around 9:30 this morning and being the fighter that he was, he lasted for 10 long hours.

He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and Desert Storm, a life member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, member of the Vietnam Veterans of America, an Apprehension Specialist at the Illinois Department of Corrections, U.S. Marshal, Caretaker at Kurrus Funeral Home, member of HOG and all around great father and grandfather to his five children, twelve grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

To keep this post somewhat skateboard related, I will say that as I was growing up, he was a 110% supportive of my skateboarding. I could always count on him to take me to skate parks, street spots, you name it and he would be down to take me and my friends wherever we wanted to go to practice what we loved to do the most. Thanks Dad.

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