Alan Jay “Charlie” Whitmore, 73


Alan Jay “Charlie” Whitmore, 73, died on Jan. 7, 2024. He was born on the Fourth of July, 1950, to Francis and Donna (Smith) Whitmore in Logan, Iowa, the youngest of six children. He grew up with a love for baseball and fishing.

Charlie graduated from Logan-Magnolia High School in 1968. He began working with his dad painting houses throughout Harrison County. Charlie later worked for the Iowa Department of Transportation in the Rest Area Division and then moved to Road Maintenance at the Missouri Valley Shop. He was also a member of the Logan Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department.

On Aug. 6, 1977, Charlie married Judy Guy of Wilton. They were blessed with two sons: Luke, born in 1980, and Dustin, born in 1986. He worked hard for the DOT for 39 years while helping Judy raise the boys.

Charlie enjoyed coaching his boys in Pee Wee baseball and attending school sports and music events. He loved fishing and would go any time he could. Charlie also loved the College World Series, for which he had season tickets since 1968. He instilled in his family a love for all things Nebraska Cornhuskers.

In his free time, Charlie enjoyed checking the town out and having coffee with the guys. He served the community by being a Logan City Council Member from 2007-2009. In 2009, Charlie and Judy retired and moved to Muscatine, Iowa, to help Judy care for her parents. While in Muscatine, he was able to fish and make new friends. Charlie would spend countless hours watching the Mississippi River and the eagles fly overhead.

In 2021, they moved to Noble, Oklahoma to be closer to the boys and their families. Charlie enjoyed being with family again, taking his grandchildren fishing and attending school activities.  He also enjoyed working in his shed and spending time with his faithful dog, Hunter.

Charlie was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Harvey, Howard, Merlyn, William, Marceta, Ione, Marvin and Linda. He is survived by his loving wife, Judy; children, Luke (Jaime) Whitmore of Newcastle, Oklahoma and Dustin (Lauran) Whitmore of Blanchard, Oklahoma; grandchildren, Steven and Ella; brother-in-law, Robert (Linda) Guy of Muscatine, Iowa; many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews; and many wonderful friends. Alan will rest at Harris Grove Cemetery outside of Logan, Iowa.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2024, at Logan Christian Church in Logan, Iowa. Rev. Dwight Grosvenor presided over the service. The recorded musical selections were “The Old Rugged Cross” by Alan Jackson, “Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox” by Joe Diffie, “Feed Jake” by Pirates of the Mississippi and “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”. The honorary pallbearers were Roger Androy, Leland Charbonneau, Doug Dewaele, Lynn Dickinson, Jess Harris, Jamie Hoefer, Charles Lorenzen, Roger Marshall, Pat Sears, Freddie Straight, Bob Thompson, Bill Vallier and Bruce Waterman. Charlie’s final resting place is at the Harris Grove Cemetery.