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Thomas E. Whitten, Jr.

January 29, 1955 March 20, 2008
Thomas E. Whitten, Jr.
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DUNLAP – Thomas E. Whitten, Jr., 53, of Dunlap died at 1:15 p.m. Thursday, March 20, 2008, at his home. Tom was born January 29, 1955, in Peoria, to Thomas and Alice (Lysak) Whitten. He married Lisa Pearl on June 29, 1979. She survives. Also surviving are his children, Andrew (Andrea) Whitten of Farmington, N.M., Douglas Whitten of Cincinnati, Ohio, Sarah Whitten and Gregory Whitten, both of Chicago; his mother, Alice Whitten of Peoria; his siblings, Michael (Andy) Whitten of Fratonia, Texas, Dale (Dina) Whitten of Aurora, Colo., Gerald (Cheryl) Whitten of Geneva, Theresa Whitten of Sterling (Exceptional Care), and Dr. Patrick (Bridget Burke) Whitten of Peoria; and two grandchildren, Rosemary Whitten and Benjamin Whitten, both of Farmington, N.M. He is preceded in death by his father, Thomas Edward Whitten, Sr. Tom was President and General Manager of Peoria Cars, Inc., and Pearl Automotive Group. During his career in the automotive industry, Tom actively participated in many professional associations. He was a member of the National Automobile Dealers Association, Import Automobile Dealers Association, and the Peoria Metro New Car Dealers Association, for which he was appointed to several executive offices including that of President in 1992. Tom also served on the Lexus Central Area Dealer Council Board and Advertising Board, the Toyota Chicago Region Dealer Council Board and Advertising Board, and the National Toyota Dealer Advisory Board. In 1997, he was awarded the Automobile Dealership Service Excellence Award, presented by Good Housekeeping and Automotive News. Tom also helped his team achieve the prestigious designation of Elite of Lexus in six of the last seven years. A native of the Peoria area, Tom graduated from Bergan High School in 1973. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in both Business Administration and Accounting from Regis College in Denver, Colo., in 1977, where he was a member of the baseball team for four years. Tom was a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Roman Catholic Church and the Country Club of Peoria. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Thomas Church in Peoria Heights with Msgr. William Watson officiating. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, at St. Thomas Church, with a rosary recitation to follow at 8 p.m. Additional visitation will be one hour before the mass at the church. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery in Peoria. Wright & Salmon Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Thomas E. Whitten Jr. Cholangiocarcinoma Research Trust, 7401 N. Allen Road, Peoria, Ill. 61614, Attn. Lynn Jones or to the St. Thomas the Apostle School Technology Fund. Tributes and condolences may be submitted to www.wrightandsalmon.com

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