Richard F. Whipple Jr., 74, of Fredonia died Tuesday morning (Feb. 4, 2014) at ECMC in Buffalo.
He was born Feb. 20, 1939 in Elmira, the son of the late Richard F. Sr. and Phoebe (Lindeman) Whipple.
Mr. Whipple graduated with honors from Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pa., majoring in mathematics. He received his law degree from Albany Law School, Union University in Albany. After graduating from law school and admission to the New York State Bar, Mr. Whipple received a direct commission as a first lieutenant in the legal department of the U.S. Air Force, completing a three-year commitment at Richard GeBaur AFB, Mo., during which time he was promoted to captain. His duties included the prosecution and defense in military courtmartial trials.
Mr. Whipple had practiced law in Fredonia since 1968, retiring in May 2013 as a partner in the Fredonia law firm of Clark & Whip-ple LLP. He had served as Pomfret Town Justice from 1970 to 1994. He also served as acting village justice for Fredonia from 1970 to 1974.
Mr. Whipple was a long-time member of the Fredonia Kiwanis Club, including time served as a director, secretary and president. He also belonged to the Forest Lodge F&AM, American Legion Post 59, where he served as county judge advocate, Fredonia Beaver Club, Hillview Golf Course and Tri-County Country Club. A member of the First United Methodist Church in Fredonia, he was a past member of the Fredonia Youth Board, Fredonia Jaycees and Fredonia Farm Festival Board of Directors.
An avid golfer, Dick was especially proud of his hole-in-one at Hillview Golf Course in 2013. He enjoyed traveling to Venice, Fla., and in the past also voyaged to Ireland and Scotland.
Dick provided a warm and loving home for his family.
He will be greatly missed by his wife of 38 years, Barbara A. (Elliott) Whipple, whom he married Oct. 5, 1975, and his family which includes three daughters, Elizabeth (Beth) Miller of Cheektowaga, Cheryl (Keith) Holder of Pensacola, Fla., and Brenda Whipple of Ocala, Fla.; one son, Richard (Michelle) Whipple III of Chula Vista, Calif.; one sister, Susan (Richard) Hayes of Orange, Calif.; seven grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Private memorial services were held at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be made to the Westfield Stray Cat Rescue, 59 East Main St., Westfield, NY 14787 or Lewy Body Dementia Association, www.LBDA.org.
Arrangements were by the McGraw-Kowal Fun-eral Home.