Philip Alan Whitely, 69

Philip Alan Whitely died on April 15, 2016 in Lansdowne, Virginia at the age of 69.

Eldest son of the late Wilbur Whitely, Jr. and Evelyn Bundy Whitely, he was born in Decatur, Illinois. His brother, Gary L. Whitely predeceased him. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Rita B. Whitely.

He is also survived by his daughter, Penny C. Nielsen, of Portland, Oregon, along with seven grandchildren, and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.

He grew up in the Decatur and Rantoul, Illinois area. During his early years his father was in the Air Force at Chanute AFB where his mother also worked. He was an Eagle Scout and received the Order of the Arrow designation.  After his high school graduation he attended Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. He served in the United States Army and after discharge later attended the University of Illinois at Champaign Urbana, Illinois receiving a Master’s degree.

He and his wife have lived in the Northern Virginia area since 1974, in the Sterling area for 30 years, and in the Lansdowne area for 12 years.

He was a computer software engineer for the Central Intelligence Agency and for several contractors in the Northern Virginia area and retired in 2007.

He has been a member of Community Lutheran Church and more recently a member of the Chapel at Leisure World, an outreach of the Galilee United Methodist Church in Sterling, Virginia.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Boy Scouts of America and to the Galilee United Methodist Church. Arrangements by Loudoun Funeral Chapel Leesburg, VA.

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