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Hobart D. "Hobe" Whitenight

June 12, 1929 ~ June 19, 2019 (age 90)


Hobart D. "Hobe" Whitenight, 90, of Benton, died late Wednesday evening, June 19, 2019 at Bonham Nursing Center.

Born June 12, 1929 in Benton, he was a son of the late Bruce and Grace K. (Ash) Whitenight.  He and his wife, Jessie M. (Fine) Wenner Whitenight, just celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary on May 27th.

Hobe was a graduate of Benton High School, Class of 1948.  He faithfully served his country in the Korean War in the U. S. Army for two years.

In his early years, he was employed by the former Dockey Shirt Factory in Benton and then the former Riegel Sewing Factory in Catawissa.  He also served as a school bus driver for the Benton Area School District.   He later worked as a rural mail carrier in Benton for 27 1/2 years, retiring in December of 1990.

He was an active member of Benton Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, where he served on the Diaconate and as a Trustee.  He was also a member of the Benton V. F. W., the Bloomsburg Elks and the Elk Run Hunting Club.

An avid sports fan and outdoorsman, he enjoyed golf, bowling, baseball, archery and hunting.  He was a Little League Coach years ago in Benton.  He also enjoyed traveling and was proud that he visited every state in the United States. 

Surviving, in addition to his wife, Jessie, are his daughter, Lacinda Hobbs and her husband, John, of Fishers, Indiana; three step daughters:  Linda Morris and her husband, Tom, of Orangeville; Sandra Kelsey, of Langhorne; Trudie Welliver and her husband, Howard, of Millville; eight grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren and two brothers:  Ted Whitenight and his wife, Marisa, of Benton; Blair Whitenight and his wife, Shirley, of Hummelstown and a number of nieces and nephews.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Dane L. Whitenight on November 9, 2010 and by a son-in-law, Bob Kelsey.

Services will be held Sunday, June 23, 2019 at 3:00 PM at the Benton Christian Church, Third and Church Streets in Benton, with the Rev. Dr. David A. Mansfield, his pastor, officiating.  A luncheon will follow the service in the Fellowship Hall of the Church.  Friends and Relatives will be received at the Church on Sunday from 2:00 until the time of the Service at 3:00.   In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the Capital Campaign Fund, Benton Christian Church, P. O. Box 264, Benton, PA 17814 or to Geisinger Hospice, 410 Glenn Avenue, Suite 200, Bloomsburg, PA 17815. The McMichael Funeral Home, Inc., of Benton is honored to serve the Whitenight Family.  For online condolences or for additional information, please visit our website:

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June 23, 2019

2:00 AM to 3:00 AM
Benton Christian Church (Benton)

Funeral Service
June 23, 2019

3:00 PM
Benton Christian Church (Benton)


Capital Campaign Fund, Benton Christian Church
P. O. Box 264, Benton PA 17814

Geisinger Home Health and Hospice
410 Glenn Ave. Suite 200, Bloomsburg PA 17815

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