Merle James Whitten, 89, died Friday, Sept. 20 of natural causes in Oakdale.
He was born in Sikeston, Mo.
He lived in Oakdale for 44 years.
Mr. Whitten was a veteran. He was retired.
He is survived by his son, Gary Whitten of Oakdale; brother, John Whitten of Tulare; granddaughter Aimy Miller; and great-granddaughters, McKenna and Erika.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Nona Ruth Whitten.
Services are pending and will take place at Veterans Cemetery in Santa Nella.