September 8, 2013

Walter D. "Doug" Whitney


---- — KEENE VALLEY — Mr. Walter D. "Doug" Whitney, 81, of Route 73 in Keene Valley, died Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, at the Elizabethtown Community Hospital in Elizabethtown.

He was born in Keene Valley on Feb. 10, 1932, son of the late Eleanor DeVost.

Doug attended Westport High School where he was very active in sports. After high school he worked in the mines in Mineville. While working in the mines, he played baseball for the Lewis Town Team and was the catcher for Johnny Podres. He was also a member of the Tahawus Dutch Boys traveling basketball team. Doug then joined the U.S. Army serving during the Korean Conflict. He worked for Harvey Branch before going to work for the Town of Keene, which he served over 40 years. He was a life-long Member of the Keene Valley Fire Department. Doug enjoyed attending his children's, grandchildren's and friend's sporting events and school activities. He enjoyed working in the sugar bush producing many gallons of maple syrup and also enjoyed working on his wood pile.

Doug is survived by his wife, the former Gladys Winch whom he married Nov. 24, 1957. His children, Wesley Whitney of Keene Valley, Carla Whitney of Elizabethtown and her daughter Darcy, Kerry Whitney and his companion Sarah Melville of Keene Valley, Rebecca Odell and her husband John of Keene Valley and their children Katheryn, Patrick and Ryan, Barbara Ratliff and her husband Don of Elizabethtown and their children Whitney, Derrick, Trevor and Joseph; brother Timothy DeVost of Glenmont; one great-granddaughter Alexa. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

At Doug's request, there will be no calling hours. A Graveside service with military honors will be held at 11 a.m.,Tuesday Sept. 10, at Norton Cemetery in Keene.

Donations in Doug's memory may be made to the Town of Keene Parks and Recreations Department. Arrangements have been entrusted to Heald Funeral Home, 48 Court St., Plattsburgh. Online condolences may be made by visiting