In Memory of

Claude L. Whited

January 6, 1930 - September 30, 2018
From: Cherokee, IA
Claude Leslie Whited, the son of Edith (Fechter) and Claude Whited, Sr., was born on a farm near Paullina, IA on January 6, 1930. He grew up on the farm, and graduated from Sutherland High School in 1948.
On August 12, 1971, Claude married Mary Lou Galigan. She preceded him in death on January 12, 1993. He was then united in marriage to Mary (Kruse) Burmakow on September 11, 1993, and joyfully took on the role of “Step-Dad” and “Grandpa” to her children and grandchildren. The two were engaged in farming south of Marcus until they retired in 2004 and moved to Cherokee. Claude spent countless hours in his shop, both on the farm and in town, tinkering with machinery. He could fix almost anything. Following a life-altering stroke, Claude made his home at Cherokee Specialty Care in Cherokee. He made the most of the circumstances, and continued to amuse his family and the staff with his good sense of humor. He didn’t complain, and was always ready with a good joke. 

Claude passed away at Cherokee Specialty Care on Sunday, September 30, 2018, at the age of 88. He was preceded in death by his parents, Claude and Edith Whited, his first wife, Mary Lou, siblings Jim Whited and Margaret Whited, and two step-grandchildren.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 25 years, Mary; step-children: Gregory (Lynn) Burmakow of Paullina, IA, Jeanette (Roger) Prunty of Marcus, IA, Donald Burmakow of Paullina, IA, Eileen (Dean) Campbell of Le Mars, IA, Steven Burmakow and James (Lori) Burmakow, all of Paullina, IA, and Mary (Tim) Plathe of Granville, IA; 15 step-grandchildren, 9 step-great-grandchildren; a niece, Diane Whited of Grand Forks, MT and nephew, David (Becky) Whited of Marcus, IA; sisters-in-law, Alice Whited of Paullina, IA, Irene Schueller of Dubuque, IA, and Leona Ricke of Sheldon, IA.
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A Mass of Christian burial will take place at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, October 4th at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee.
Father Jeff Schleisman
Megan Burmakow
Sara Burmakow
Paul Plathe
Robert Prunty
Lucas Burmakow
Lacey Hadden
Shelly Pick
Beau Campbell

Jennifer Schwab
Paula Battista
Cody Campbell
Cody Celus
Brian Prunty
Brittani Bootsma
Alli Ernst
Visitation will begin after 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 3rd at the Greenwood-Schubert in Cherokee. The Knights of Columbus will lead the Rosary at the funeral home at 4:45, and the family will be present from 5-7:00 p.m. 
 A prayer service will follow the visitation at 7:00 p.m.
Holy Name Catholic Cemetery, Marcus


Monday, October 8, 2018 at 1:00 PM
“Claude fought the battle for a long time and now he is at peace. I enjoyed getting to know both Mary and Claude while at the Nursing Home and enjoyed taking care of Claude. He always had a good sense of humor and a joke or two..He will be missed...
- Glenda Schleef
Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 8:42 AM
“Our prayers are with you all.. We always enjoyed Claude at Sports Rehab.. always a smile and fun to work with”
- Karmen Hodgdon
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 12:37 PM
“Dear Mary and family,I am so very sorry for your loss.May God give you strenghth to make it through the next few weeks as you find a new normal.God Bless you all!
- Carol Pottebaum (Butzy)
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