Dr. William E. Whitley


Dr. William Edward Whitley, 73, of Blue Springs, Missouri passed away peacefully Monday, October 23, 2017 at his home, after a battle with cancer.  A visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, October 26th at Royer Funeral Home, Grain Valley.  Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday October 27th, also at the funeral home; burial in Blue Springs Cemetery following services.


Dr. Whitley started his medical practice 46 years ago. If Dr. Whitley could speak today he would say “I tried to do the best that I could for as many as I could for as long as I could”, and that he loved his family.


Dr. Whitley leaves behind his wife of 31 years, Kathy (Beets) Whitley; son, William “Bubba” (Tamara) Whitley; daughters, Micha (William) Pugh, Sasha (Kyle) Grabenstetter, Ticha (Billy) Foutz and Kasha (David) Dawson; grandchildren, Nick Whitley, Foster Pugh, Brock Pugh, Trevor Pugh, Michaela Pugh, Landry Foutz and Markus Grabenstetter; brother, Paul (Janet) Whitley; and many other family members, close friends and patients.


Arrangements:  Royer Funeral Home, Grain Valley, MO   816-847-4441


   My Brother, William Edward Whitley, won his battle with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma when he walked into the arms of his Savior, Jesus Christ.
   Father, as we are grieving with the lifting of Bill’s life up to you, let us feel Your two hands reach down to hug us in our sorrow and when You shine down, let us realize there's love, hope and faith.
   Tears are the words our hearts can't say, breaking inside, sometimes it feels better not to talk. At all. About anything. To anyone.
   My brother, my past.  Bill’s big blue eyes. His loud laugh. He was the co-keeper of my childhood. The person who was supposed to walk with me longer than anyone else in this life. The biggest, bestest Bro’ in the world.  I love you, my Big Brother (Bro') in life and more importantly, in Heaven with Jesus, our Father. I will see you again!
   I pray that while he is walking today with you, Jesus, he’s holding Your hand, our hearts will sing from the love and joy that Your presence brings, we must walk with faith and not by sight…
   What Bill once knew by faith, he now knows by sight!!!
   I arise today
   Through the mighty strength…
   …of the Lord of creation.
   If a man runs with man, it is called a "Race" but if a man runs towards God is called as "Grace".

I love you forever, my precious Brother... ...Paul Whitley
…It Is Well with My Soul.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the Whitley family. We loved Bill like family and he will be missed greatly. Kathy if there is anything we can do for you please let us know.  - Mike & Becky Kraxberger

So sorry to hear of his passing, he was my Doctor, and I feel my friend, for over 20 yrs. I felt almost like he was a favored Uncle, not just my Doctor.  We will miss him so very much. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and his friends in this time.  God Speed Dr. Whitley, we loved you.  - Sally Westerhold

Bill,  You are one of the "best".  Your presence will be missed by a lot of folks.  So glad I got to call you "my friend" as well as my Doctor for so many years.  -Pat Meyer

To the family of the wonderful Doc Whitley -  You have my deepest sympathy. He was an extraordinary man, with a giving heart and love for his practice and his family. He touched my life and my 3 sons with his gifts. He will be greatly missed. May God wrap His loving arms around you and comfort you at this most difficult time. Respectfully and with love, Tiffany Gannan

I just found out today that Doctor Whitley had gone home to see Jesus.  It broke my heart to know that I won't see him in his office again.  Doctor Whitley was my doctor for 28 years.  He saw me through so much in those years.  We talked about his family, his philosophy on life, you name it.  He always came into that exam room with a smile on his face and that big voice.  He took care of 3 generations of my family.  In a world of corporate owned physicians, Doctor Whitley was one of the last old fashioned family physicians.  He will be missed for many years.  My condolences to the family.  I know your hearts are hurting.  My prayers go out for you.  - Gaela A. Fisher

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101 SE 15th St
Oak Grove, MO 64075
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