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Melvin Phillip WhitemanSeptember 13, 1931 ~ April 8, 2018 (age 86)
Former Augusta resident Melvin P. Whiteman, Sr. passed away peacefully April 8, 2018 at his home in Wichita, KS, at age 86.
Melvin was born the fourth child to Ivan Phillip and Gladys May (Kirk) Whiteman on September 13, 1931 in Wichita, KS. He spoke most often about having lived in California, and Georgia, before moving back to Kansas. He first lived in Eureka, and then Augusta, where, in the 1970s, he ran the restaurant inside B&S Truck Stop on Highway 54 near the industrial park.
He was united in marriage to the former Margery Shipp Jameson in 1979 in Wichita after a three-year relationship. In their 38 years of marriage, they enjoyed many activities together, including dancing, traveling, vegetable gardening, home remodeling, attending meetings and activities with the Turnip Club (local MENSA members), and caring for their pets.
Melvin was a highly intelligent man with many skills and talents, and had a very analytical mind. He invented a bicycle, of which he was very proud, in which the rear wheel was also pivotable. He was employed as a contract engineer, working for various companies in several states over the years. At one point, he lived in Texas, and did some work for NASA. In the Wichita area, he worked for Edo-Aire, Blanchet, Q Corp, and IFR. He taught machines at Wichita Vo Tech, located at East High in 1988-1990. As mechanical engineer, he was well-respected in his field. After being employed at Cessna for five years, he retired in 1996.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his only son M. Phillip Whiteman, Jr.; brother Vinton Whiteman; sister Irma Dryden; sister Ina Strutchen; and brother Marvin Whiteman. Melvin is survived by his devoted caretaker and beloved wife, Margery; daughter Teresa Whiteman Glaspy of Rolla, MO; daughter Rebecca Middleton of Reno, NV; daughter Holly (Ken) McQuerrey of Aldrich, MO; daughter-in-law Deidre Taylor (widow of Phil Whiteman) of Wichita; step-daughter Jody Theye of Lincoln, NE; step-son Eric Jameson of Mesa, AZ; step-son Michael Jameson of Scottsdale, AZ; step-daughter Karen Henson of Tempe, AZ; brother Maynard (Kay) Whiteman of Lexington Park, MD; sister Corafaye (Bucky) Sherman of Arleta, CA; 7 grandchildren, including granddaughters Jessica Whiteman of Augusta, KS and Angela (Jeremy) Bruner of Derby, KS; 18 great-grandchildren, including Owen Bruner of Derby, KS; 10 step-grandchildren, including Kristi Allen of Seward, NE and Trisha Allen of Portland, TX; 19 step-great-grandchildren; and 2 step-great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 2 pm to 4 pm on Sunday, April 15, with service at 2:30 pm on Monday, April 16, both at Broadway Mortuary in Wichita, KS.