Funeral escort for US Army PFC John Whitesinger Jr. on 12/9

US Army PFC John Whitesinger Jr. GALLUP, NM – The family of US Army PFC John Whitesinger Jr. is requesting a funeral escort on Wednesday December 9, 2020.

STAGING: 10:00am Rollie Mortuary, Gallup, NM
KSU: 10:45 am
Gas Stop: 12:30pm Rt. 66 Casino near Albuquerque
DESTINATION: 2:15pm Santa Fe Veterans Cemetery, Santa Fe, NM
ROUTE: East on I-40 from Gallup to Rt. 66 Casino, then into ALBQ and north on I-25 to Santa Fe

Gravesite service at 2:15pm, conducted for immediate family only. Thereafter, visitors may pay their respect immediately following services will be conducted in accordance with CDC and Navajo Nation Covid-19 guidelines to protect friends and family. Thank you for understanding and cooperating.

US Army PFC John Whitesinger Jr. served in the Vietnam war from 1969 to 1971, he was the son of John Whitesinger, Sr. and Sadie Marie Begay Buckner, he passed away from natural causes, on November 27 at the age of 72. After 27 years he retired as a diesel mechanic with Yellow Freight Systems, previously working as a mechanic since high school. John grew up in Cadiz, California with family as his dad worked on the Santa Fe Railroad, and graduated from Needles High School. He’s originally from Spider Rock, he spent his summers with his Nálís helping with the sheep and horses in the Chinle valley and on the Mesa.

John loved music, even playing the guitar in a band in his youth. He was always cooking and enjoyed preparing dishes for the family, especially barbeque. He loved to joke and teased everyone. Mechanically intuitive, he always knew how to fix and make things work, which resulted in his collection of old vintage trucks. He enjoyed watching ball games, football and basketball. John Whitesinger was a cheerful, generous, good-hearted man, who sacrificed a lot for his family. He would always encourage them to succeed. He leaves behind and is cherished in the memories of his wife, Anna Grace Whitesinger. His children: Juan (Selena), Sonja (Vito), Henry, Jessica (Rob). His grandchildren: Concetta, Isabella, Rosetta Chee, Gabriella, Regan, Shundiin and Hosteen. His brothers and sisters: Leroy, Don, Ophelia, Eileen, Ronald (deceased), Eleanor, Gerald, and Gabriel, along with his many relatives from Spider Rock to the Chinle valley.

On behalf of the Navajo Hopi Honor Riders, we send our condolences and prayers to the family of US Army PFC John Whitesinger Jr. We thank you for your service, you will never be forgotten. Rest in peace soldier.

Contact: Jacqueline Begay (friend)