George B. Wherritt, 74, 2121 Washington Ave., Plover, died Saturday morning, Oct. 2, 1999, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Marshfield.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Plover United Methodist Church with the Rev. Diego Orsini officiating. Burial will be in the Maine Cemetery.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Boston Funeral Home. The Plover American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars will hold a combined military ritual at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Friends may also call from 10 a.m. until the services at the church on Wednesday.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established in his name.
Mr. Wherritt was born May 4, 1925, in Stevens Point, a son of the late George and Della (Harris) Wherritt. He graduated from P. J. Jacobs High School and attended the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
He served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Hodges during World War II. He entered service Nov. 19, 1943, and was discharged April 13, 1946, as a sound man third class. He was awarded a battle star, Good Conduct Medal, the American Victory Medal and the Philippine Liberation Medal with one battle star.
He was married to Jane Brooks on Aug. 28, 1948, at the Plover United Methodist Church.
He worked at West’s Dairy and Putney Electric prior to accepting a position with the railroad, first with Soo Line and then joining the Green Bay & Western.
He started Wherritt Electric in 1957 and operated the electrical contracting business until 1987, when he retired and sold to his son, Richard.
Mr. Wherritt was a member of the Plover Lions Club, American Legion and VFW. He was also a member of the Stevens Point Old Car Club and Evergreen Masonic Lodge #93.
The couple wintered in LaFeria, Texas.
Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Pamela (Chester) Rucinski and Kathy (Daniel) Purzycki, both of Kronenwetter; two sons, Richard (Deborah) and Scott James, both of Plover; one sister, Ethel (Max) Hilmer, Waukesha; 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by a son, Mark, and a brother, James.