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Martin A. Whiteley

d. May 13, 2021

Martin A. Whiteley

Martin A. "Bud" Whiteley, 87, of Erie, passed away Thursday, May 13, 2021 at Pleasant Ridge Manor. He was born May 17, 1933 in Corry, PA, a son of the late Gerald and Mildred Irvine Whiteley.

Shortly after graduating from Corry High School in 1951, Bud enlisted in the United States Navy during the Korean War and served as torpedoman's mate while stationed at the submarine base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. He was also a reservist in the Navy for an additional 18 years.

Bud married the late Naomi "Nomi" L. Burnside in 1956 and moved to Erie. He was employed for a short time by General Electric Co, then went to work for Copes Vulcan as a machinist and later a supervisor for 25 years. He was also employed by Johnson Control as tool room supervisor for approximately 10 years until his retirement.

In his free time Bud was an avid hunter and enjoyed bowling. He served as cub master and scout master for many years at Cascade Methodist Church, Lutheran Memorial Church, and Mount Calvary Lutheran Church where he also sang in their choir which was directed by his late wife, Naomi.

Most of all., Bud enjoyed spending time with his family and friends socializing and playing cards and other board games. He also enjoyed reading and listening to country/western music.

In addition to his parents and first wife, Naomi, to whom he was married for almost 50 years, he was preceded in death by his son, Mark David Whiteley; sister, Joyce Whiteley; and brothers, Harold, Charles, and Jack Whiteley.

He is survived by his second wife, Barbara Wright; son, Curtis Whiteley (Patty); daughter, Gayle Baran (Skip); grandchildren, David Whiteley and Stephanie Whiteley; and sister, Jayne Steva. He is also survived by five great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

No calling hours will be observed. The John R. Orlando Funeral Home, Inc., 2122 Raspberry Street, is handling arrangements.

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