Obituary: Elmer C. Whitethorn, 75
March 15, 2018
Elmer C. (Butch) Whitethorn Jr., 75 peacefully passed away on March 7, 2018 in his one and only hometown, Petersburg, Alaska.
He was born to Elmer C. Whitethorn and Margaret (Sis) Roundtree in Petersburg on December 26, 1942. He grew up at his parent's house and was part of the original Lumber Street gang. Some days you could see him zipping through town driving a little red car that his Dad built for him out of Crosley automobile parts.
Butch graduated from Petersburg High School in 1961. He spent his entire life in Petersburg with the exception of enlisting in the Army with his buddy, Jerry Dahl, in 1962 – 1964. He
worked as a heavy duty equipment operator for South Coast Construction building roads for the Forest Service until he followed his true
passion as a commercial salmon fisherman. He was known to have a secret fishing hole
which he would not disclose to his family or friends.
Butch lived a simple life which included visiting with the locals but he always looked forward to his daughter, Desiree, and son, Darren, visiting each summer. During his retired years, he enjoyed his daily trips to the Moose to visit with his lifelong friends. You could set your watch to when you would see his Chevy pickup parked in his favorite parking spot by 11:45am.
Butch is survived by his daughter Desiree Neumann and husband Jim; his son Darren Whitethorn; his Alaskan daughter Cherie Shanks; three grandsons Jakob Whitethorn, Benjamin Neumann, Jackson Neumann; brothers Rick Whitethorn and David (Ole) Whitethorn; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life event is being planned for June.