Chief Petty Officer, U.S. Navy Ret., Elmer E. (Whitey) Whiteman, 83, passed away May 21 in Estancia. He was born Sept. 22, 1932, in Wagon Mound, New Mexico, to the late William (Billy) and Lessie Whiteman, and was a graduate of Cimarron High School. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Rozelle Whiteman DeIorio, and his son, Keith. He is survived by his wife Marilyn; two sons, Russell Whiteman of Acworth, Ga., and Bryan Whiteman and Tina of Newton Falls, Ohio; two stepdaughters, Dona Fuerst of Olympia, Wash., and Darcy Waters (Joe) of South Bend, Indiana; a sister Edith Coffman of Amarillo, Texas; grandchildren Justin Whiteman, Carley Whiteman, Alicia Kulp, and Michael Waters, and great-granddaughter Italia Whiteman. The Whiteman family was an early settler of the Colfax County area; the family originally came to New Mexico on the Santa Fe Trail from Independence, Missouri. He retired from the U.S. Navy Submarine Force after serving for 20 years. On returning to New Mexico he worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, retiring from there in 1989. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and square dancing, and spent a number of years breeding and raising his beloved Appaloosa horses. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Harris-Hanlon Mortuary. He will be laid to rest at the Santa Fe National Cemetery.