Santa Monica resident Philip Edward Whiting, 85, died peacefully under hospice care at Berkley East Convalescent Hospital in Santa Monica of advanced pulmonary disease Friday, September 8th.

He was born October 20th, 1920 in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania.

“Whitey,” as he was known, was a combat aircrewman (radio navigator) in the U. S. Navy during World War II and a holder of the Combat Aircrewman’s Roll of Honor while also being decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross, two Air Medals, a Purple Heart, Presidential Unit Citation, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with two Silver Stars, the World War II Victory and Navy Good Conduct medals and the Silver Aircrewman’s Wings with three Bronze Stars.

After the war he became a certified public accountant and practiced in Santa Monica for almost 50 years before retiring his CPA certificate in October 1996.

Whiting was a lifelong supporter of his beloved Penn State Nittany Lions.

He was a member of the Rotary Club of Santa Monica and had perfect weekly attendance for 46 years.

He received an honorary Doctor of Divinity in 1969 but kept very private his Christian studies.

Graveside service at Woodlawn Cemetery, Santa Monica will be limited to his family, at his request.

As was also his request, in lieu of flowers, those wishing to remember him may make contributions to their favorite charity, a local hospice practice or the Salvation Army.

He is survived by his wife, Jane Newcomb Whiting, whom he met in Miami, Florida in 1945 when both were serving in the U.S. Navy at Opa-Locka Naval Air Station; three daughters, Kathleen of Torrance, Linda of Los Angeles and Patricia of Ontario, California; two sons, Douglas of Venice, California and Scott of Northport, Alabama; two daughters-in-law, Carmen Whiting of Venice, and Laura Whiting of Northport, Alabama; two half-brothers, the Rev. Dr. Ted Lindquist of Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania and Terence Lindquist of Pleasant Gap, Pennsylvania; one granddaughter and four step-grandchildren.