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Eugene L. “Gene” Whisler

December 9, 1929 — January 17, 2024

Eugene L. “Gene” Whisler, 94 of Tipton passed away on Wednesday, January 17, 2024 at his residence surrounded by his family. Gene was born in Elwood, Indiana on December 9, 1929 to Ray V. & Bonnie “Edith” (Jolliff) Whisler. On June 10, 1951 he married Donna Jones and she preceded him in death on October 4, 1999. After Donna’s passing he then married Alberta (Garst) Lockwood on October 21, 2000 and they enjoyed 23 years of marriage together.

Gene retired from Farm Bureau Insurance. He also worked at Hy-Line Chicks, Pioneer, Baumgartner Seed, and BRS Mechanical over the years. Gene cherished the many friends he made throughout his career. He served his country in the Indiana National Guard and was also a Boy Scout leader. Gene had a strong faith base and was a member of East Union Christian Church where he served as Treasurer for many years. In his free time he loved fishing, tinkering in the shop, tending to his garden and even tried his hand at woodworking.

He is survived by his wife, Alberta; four children, Michael Whisler and wife Connie of Muncie, Ronald Whisler and wife Joann of Hayward, Wisconsin, Mark Whisler and wife Lesley of Muncie, Darlene Tragesser and husband Douglas of Atlanta; and six step-children, Paula King and husband Jim, Melissa Bowen and husband Phil, Warren Lockwood, Bonnie Carlson and husband Michael, Teresa Dickerson and husband Denny, Dana Lockwood and wife Allyson; 22 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Georgina Whisler and Ramona Whisler both of Elwood.

Gene was preceded in death by his first wife, Donna; siblings, Lucile Avery, Bill Whisler, James Whisler, Clifford Whisler, Virgil Whisler, Helen Darlene Whisler, and Charles Whisler; along with a grandson, Benjamin Jacob Whisler.

Funeral services for Gene will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 23 at East Union Christian Church with Rev. Rex Dunning presiding. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Tipton. Visitation will also be on Tuesday at the church from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service.

Young-Nichols Funeral Home is honored to assist the Whisler family in their time of need. Condolences for Gene’s family may be left on his obituary page at

Memorial donations in honor of Gene may be made to Saint Labre Indian Children School, 112 St. Labre Campus Drive, Ashland, Montana 59003 or online at or East Union Christian Church, 1711 E 296th Street, Atlanta, Indiana, 46031 or online at

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