John R. Whalen, 77

John R. Whalen, 77 of Eldora, died on Friday, July 26, 2013 at Ellsworth Memorial Hospital in Iowa Falls, Iowa. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am on Tuesday, July 30 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Eldora with Father Tony Kruse celebrating. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Eldora with military honors provided by Walter-Sayer Post #182 of the American Legion and Roll-Harless #3974 of the V.F. W. Vigil services will begin at 4:30 pm on Monday at Creps-Abels Funeral Home in Eldora with visitation following from 5 pm to 8 pm. Online condolences may be posted at

Surviving is his wife, Bonnie; children, Laura (Randy) Kramer of Steamboat Rock, Richard (Evonne) Whalen of Ankeny, Angela (Gary) Thode of Ottumwa, Jeff Whalen of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Colette (Tom) Pittman of Omaha, Nebraska, Shawn (Lisa) Whalen of Carlisle, and Patty (Pat) Rooney of Donnellson; sisters, Bonnie (Richard) Agan of Florida and Joan (Frank) Ryan of Omaha; brothers, Michael Whalen of Florida and Dan (Barb) Whalen of Naperville, Illinois; and by 16 grandchildren. John gave in death as he gave in life as an organ/tissue donor.