John was born to the late William Hugh and Ruby Walton Whitfield on Nov. 14, 1950. John married Bardie Gustafson at the young age of 18 and they lived a full life together. He will be remembered for his ability and patience to work with animals, including his many years as a cutting horse trainer. John is known for his straight forward personality, but to those who knew him well knows he had a big heart. During his later years, he enjoyed returning to Goliad and reconnecting with friends and family. He enjoyed searching for treasures, spending time on the golf course and trying to catch the "big fish" all with his soulmate, Bardie. He loved to share his experience and teaching many life’s lessons with his children and granddaughter He will be forever loved and missed by all.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, June 12th at 3pm at Goliad Funeral Home with Pastor Jay Fleming officiating. Buriall followed in Glendale Cemetery in Goliad under the direction of Goliad Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Dennis Whitfield, Olan Hightower, Dustin Wichter, Buddy Zavesky, Jim Brown and Allan Najvar. Honorary bearers are all Dairy Queen Coffee club, family and friends, Jackie Branch, Travis Gunter and Dr. C.A. Banker.
Memorials my be made to St. Lukes Baptist Hospital in San Antonio.