Ronald Gene Whaley, 54, of Oklahoma City, OK passed away on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2007.
Born Jan. 16, 1943 in Linton, he was the son of Raleigh "Pete" and Lena Frances (Giligan) Whaley.
He graduated from the Indiana School of the Blind adn continued his education at Indiana State University in Terre Haute. In high school, he played the trombone, was a member of the student council and studied journalism.
He was a new member of the Crestwood Baptist Church and had been ordained as a deacon in March at Shield Blvd. Baptist Church. He was a member of Handicap for Christ, the Bethany Helping Hands Lions Club, Heartland Council of the Blind, Oklahoma City Beep Baseball Bombers, Oklahoma Fans of Elvis, Okies for Elvis. He is retired from the Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped after 21 years of service as a library assistant. He was recently voted to join Oklahomans for Special Library Services Board and worked full time at the Oklahoma League for the Blind as a production worker. He was on the National Beep Baseball Assocation Board of Directors from 1992-1996. He played on the NBBA World Series All Star offensive team twice and was the recipient of the NBBA Jim Quinn Sportsmanship Award.
He is survived by is wife, Kathy; a brother and his wife Dale and Marcena Whaley of Indianapolis; a sister Marilyn Sue Eccles of Bloomfield; father-in-law Bob Johnston of Lula, OK; numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Pete Whley and mother Lena Richardson.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Crestewood Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, OK with a 3 p.m. graveside service at Lula Cemetery in Lula, OK.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, the Oklahoma Lions Service Foundation, the Oklahoma For Special Library Services, Oklahoma League for the Blind or the NBBA John Ross Endowment Fund.
Funeral arrangements were handled by Barnes & Johnson Funeral Home.