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Mr. Martin Ross Whiting

Mr. Martin Ross Whiting
  • August 9, 1957 - October 12, 2019
  • Battle Creek, Michigan
  • Cancer Care Center at Bronson Battle Creek
    300 North Avenue
    Battle Creek, MI 49017

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“I was so very sorry to just hear of Martin's illness and passing. Many thoughts and prayers to all of you. A great man has moved on to a new...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Mary Mitchell - Battle Creek, MI

“A link was sent to me and you know how news sometimes catches you completely by surprise, this is one of those times. Throughout my life Ive thought...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: David Lower - Nashville, TN

“I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
3 of 12 | Posted by: Laura Culver - Battle Creek, MI

“We are truly sorrow for the loss of Martin. We remember all the times spent working with him on various events at the Kellogg Arena. Our prayers are...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Teresa Durham - Battle Creek, MI

“Condolences to the family. During my years with the MHDAA Martin was an important part of the several tournaments, especially wrestling events,...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: William Bupp - DeWitt, MI

“Martin you will be truly missed. Go rest high on that great mountain. As a member of the production team you were a great friend. ”
6 of 12 | Posted by: Joseph Martin - Battle Creek, MI

“Condolences to the family he was a great guy to work with and a very good nice guy and friend Martin was a heck of a guy he knew a lot he's going to...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Greg Lockmiller Sr - Battle Creek, MI

“Condolences to all the family ”
8 of 12 | Posted by: Jamie Lower - Coworker

“I am so very sorry for your loss, Brenda, Linda, and family. I'm sending prayers of comfort and for peace in your hearts. ”
9 of 12 | Posted by: Kathryn Johnson Johnson - MI

“So sorry for your loss. It is very obvious that he was greatly loved. ”
10 of 12 | Posted by: Lisa Damron - Battle Creek, MI

“So sorry to hear this sad news! My sincere sympathy to the family! Martin and I were co- workers at the Kellogg Arena! Memories! ”
11 of 12 | Posted by: Marilynn Ferguson - Battle Creek, MI

“I will miss you, forever. Thank you for being a wonderful brother. Till we meet again in heaven! I love you.❤ ”
12 of 12 | Posted by: Ronda Saldaña - Albion, MI


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Martin Ross Whiting, age 62, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully at home with his family at his side on Saturday afternoon, October 12, 2019. He was born in Battle Creek on August 9, 1957, the son of Melvin and Joann (Alexander) Whiting. Martin graduated from Pennfield High School with the Class of 1975 and furthered his education at Michigan State University, where he graduated with a BS in 1981. He worked more than 21 years as the operations director at the Kellogg Arena and then worked for the Carroll Corporation for 13 years, retiring in March 2019.

Martin married Betty "Ruth" Nungesser at the First Wesleyan Church, Battle Creek on February 14, 1997; she survives. He is also survived by his mother, Joann Whiting; his children, Brian (Adrianne) Gelletich of Battle Creek, Aaron (Mindy) Whiting of Battle Creek, Tiffany (Shaun) O'Malley of Pennsylvania, Heather (Tim) Waterson of Battle Creek, US Army SSgt. Justin (Lani) Gelletich of Hawaii, and Theresa (Cody) Freeman of Battle Creek; ten grandchildren, Haley, Ava, Ella, Elijah, Zoey, Oakley, Adeline, Kai, Ethan, and Eliot; a brother, Ed (Carol); three sisters, Linda (Russ), Brenda (Pat), and Ronda (Rick); several nieces & nephews; and his best friend of more than 45 years, Scott Canfield. Martin was preceded in death by his father, Melvin Whiting.

Martin truly had a servant's heart and was a longtime & active member of the First Wesleyan Church, Battle Creek (now Woodland Church) where he faithfully served as a lighting & sound tech. "Our MacGyver", Martin could fix anything and was an amazing tile layer. He was also a very talented floral designer, and together with Ruth, they created many beautiful floral pieces as part of their "fun jobs" side job business. Martin truly loved life and most of all enjoyed being with his family.

The family will receive friends 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, October 17th at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Battle Creek. A Celebration of Martin's Life service will be held 10:00 a.m., Friday, October 18th at the Woodland Church, 14425 South Helmer Road, Battle Creek. Interment will follow at Floral Lawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to the Cancer Care Center at Bronson Battle Creek. Personal messages for the family and/or favorite memories of Martin may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.