Richard “Rick” L. Whiting, 64 of Ely, dies

Richard “Rick” L. Whiting, 64 of Ely, died peacefully in his home, surrounded by his family, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Richard Lee Whiting was born Dec. 30, 1950, in Winton, to Joseph and Helen (Niemi) Whiting. Rick graduated from Tower High School in 1969. He proudly served our country in the Vietnam War from 1970-1972. Rick worked as a logger and miner, retiring from LTV.

He had a passion for camping, fishing, trapping, and spending time with his family. He also enjoyed music, dancing, and gardening.

He is survived by wife, Kelly; daughters: Jennifer Shusta, and Marissa Whiting; grandchildren, Robert Shusta Jr., Jade Starkman and Amaris Scheirer; mother, Helen Whiting; sisters, Sharon (Bill) Dimich, Diane (Paul) Myers, and Julie (Dave) Rhein; brother, Jerome (Brenda) Whiting; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, relatives, and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph “Joe” Whiting.
A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, at The Longbranch in Winton. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia. To sign the online guestbook or to send condolences, please visit