Born Sept. 15, 1930 in Akron, he was the son of George and Margaret Whitely. Before moving to Tennessee, he lived in Green for many years.
Mr. Whitely was a 32nd Degree Mason. He had attended St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ravenna.
Survivors include his wife, Diana; sons, Bob of Cuyahoga Falls, Bruce of Ravenna and Jeff of Rootstown; daughter, Pamela Voch of Rootstown; stepson, Jack Beck of Ravenna; stepdaughter, Dawn Beck of Enville, Tenn.; 11 grandchildren; brother, Donald of Cuyahoga Falls and John of Camden, Tenn.; and sister, Pat Esterle of Bristol, Tenn. His first wife, Wanda, died in 1986.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park in Akron.