Duane R. WhisenhuntOctober 9, 2017
Duane Richard Whisenhunt, 54 years and 7 days, went home to be with Lord on Monday October 9,
2017 from Minneola, KS. Duane fought a short, but courageous battle with cancer.
Born in Minneola, KS, he was the second of four children born to Roy Olen and Jewel June (Graves)
Whisenhunt. He attended school in Idaho, as well as Gate, Laverne, and Forgan, OK. He was employed at
Blue Sage as a heavy equipment operator.
He was a curious and energetic child. His favorite outlet to burn energy was playing basketball. It was
rumored, especially by his siblings, that he was ornery and kindhearted in his younger days-both traits
he would carry into adulthood.
Duane was, above all, a proud father and family man. It didn't matter if they were cooking out, fishing,
sharing one of his momma's home cooked meals, or at the races, he thoroughly cherished his time spent
surrounded by loved ones.
He was well known for his work ethic and willingness to lend a helping hand. He spent many years cross
country trucking and operating heavy machinery. Both jobs he was not only skilled at, but enjoyed. He
earned the nickname "Golden Eagle" through his years on the road. He worked alongside his father at
two separate jobs, as well.
Duane was a member of the Englewood, KS Volunteer Fire Department. He was very proud to serve
alongside his fellow firefighters. He was encouraged by the outpouring of support they showed him
throughout his battle.
Duane was a straight shooter. You could depend on him for an honest opinion, but you could expect to
get a good laugh with it. He was a man who both worked hard and played hard. He taught us not only
through his life, but also in his sickness what it means to be strong. Throughout his fight he managed to
hold on tightly to his stubbornness and sense of humor.
He was preceded in death by his son, Skyler Duane Whisenhunt, sister, Tammy Perkins, niece, Rikki
Perkins, and nephew, Cody Ratzlaff.
He is survived by his children: Tasha Whisenhunt, of Laverne, OK, Tiffany Whisenhunt, of
Peru, IL, Toby Whisenhunt, of Englewood, KS, and Tyler Whisenhunt, of Tupelo, OK. He is
also survived by his parents, Roy Olen and June Whisenhunt, of Englewood, KS, brother,
Rick Whisenhunt and wife Mauriel, of Uniontown, KS, sister, Nena Kirkhart and husband Troy, of Gate,
OK, his grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and many other family members and friends.
Englewood Fire Dept.
PO Box 127, Englewood KS 67840
Clark County EMS
PO Box 886, Ashland KS 67831
Cancer Treatment Center of America Assistance in Healthcare
Po Box 396, Zion IL 60099