William J. Whitens, 87

FULTON, NY – William (Bill) John Whitens, 87, of Fulton, passed to his rest on Tuesday July 14, 2015, at Crouse Hospital, Syracuse, after suffering a stroke the day before.

William J. Whitens
William J. Whitens

Bill was born in Hermansville, Michigan, where four brothers and other family still reside.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy (Conibear) who would have celebrated 60 years of marriage on August 21 of this year.

Also, five children, Lori (Gregory) Caracciolo of Chandler, Arizona, Brenda (Robin) Caster of Fulton, Judy Dygert of Fairport, Tim (Nancy) Whitens of Fulton, and Dan of Fulton.

He enjoyed immensely his fourteen grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

He was a Korean War veteran who served in Germany from 1950-1952.

Bill was a building contractor in the Fulton area for 50+ years which included building homes, remodeling and making furniture.

He had a wonderful tenor voice and sang in the Fulton men’s chorus in the early 1960s and the Hamer Sing-a-long more recently.

He attended Fulton First United Methodist Church for the past four years and before that attended Dexterville SDA Church.

Some of his hobbies included fishing, camping in the Adirondacks every summer and cutting wood.

He and his son, Tim, have owned Willow Creek Farm Alpacas for fourteen years.

A memorial service will be held on July 18 at 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 1408 State Route 176, Fulton.

Foster Funeral Home, Fulton, has care of the arrangements.

Foster Funeral Home, Inc.



  1. So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Nancy, my thoughts and prayers are with you as well as the kids and grandkids. His beautiful voice and soul will fill the heavens with wonderful music. Sorry I can’t be there in person.

  2. Thoughts and prayers go out to the Whiten family, so sorry for your loss Robin and Brenda.

  3. So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. He was such a good man! He was so good to my dear friend Carole Johnson and I had the utmost respect for him. He certainly errand his wings. Thoughts and prayers to his family during this difficult time. RIP Bill

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