Farrell Patrick Whelan, 84, died Sept. 24, 2012, after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was born on March 5, 1928, in Cudahy, Wis., to Stanley Mark and Sofia Dolata Whelan. He grew up in Lena, Wis.
To his Wisconsin family, he is “Farrell”; to his Texas and Michigan families and friends, he is “Pat” or “Patrick”.
He served his country in both the Navy and the Air Force during World War II and during the first part of the Korean conflict. After his discharge from the military, he graduated from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth with a Bachelor of Arts in 1954. He then graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas with a Bachelor of Law in 1958. He was admitted to the Texas State Bar in December 1957.
For many years, he lived in the Dallas metroplex, where he worked for both the Dallas County State Bank and Texas Bank and Trust. He was also in private law practice for a short time before moving to Austin, where he worked for the Texas Education Agency.
He retired from TEA on March 31, 1992, and then indulged in his hobbies of fishing, football (TCU Horned Frogs and the Green Bay Packers), his grandchildren, building (he built a house and furniture for his wife, Molly) and travel.
In the summer of 2006, he and his wife decided the Texas heat was a bit too much and decided to become snow birds. They purchased a home in the beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan at Skanee, where they made their home for six months of the year, enjoying their church, fishing, wildlife and the camaraderie of many good friends.
In addition to his wife, survivors include children Kenneth Patrick Whelan and wife Debbie of Littleton, Colo., Karen Whelan-Barry and husband Greg of Providence, R.I., Kyle Lindsey Whelan of Argyle, Melody Ann Meyer and husband Robert of College Station, Jennifer Aileen Hines and husband Wesley of Rosenburg and Robert Michael Whelan of Austin; grandchildren Austin Michael Whelan, Eric Christopher Whelan, Kristen Michelle Whelan, Ana Taylor Meyer, Kailey Paige Whelan, Thaddeus Rhys Whelan, Palmer Joy Berry, Lindsey Christina Hines and Jeremy Scott Hines; and nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Michael Thomas Whelan and Lawrence James Whelan.
Visitation is 5-7 p.m. Sept. 27 at Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home, 1805 U.S. 281 North in Marble Falls, (830) 693-4373. A funeral service is 10 a.m. Sept. 28 at the funeral home with Pastor Judy Mattson officiating. Interment will follow at Fall Creek Cemetery in Spicewood.
Memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church, 12511 Roland Lake Road, Skanne, MI 49962; or to the Texas Christian University of Fort Worth Scholarship Fund.
Condolences may be offered at www.clementswilcoxfuneralhome.com.