David Guy Whitten, 82, a retired insurance office manager who traveled the nation to find work during the Depression, died of cancer Friday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.
Funeral services were being held today at the Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St.
Mr. Whitten lived on Lanark Road.
Born in Hammond Bay, Mich., he left his hometown during the Depression to harvest wheat in Nebraska and work in a California mining camp.
He moved to Baltimore in 1952. He was manager of the Towson office of the Washington National Insurance Co. until his retirement in 1962.
Mr. Whitten was a member of the Mount Moriah Blue Lodge, Scottish Rites and Boumi Temple.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, the former Miriam Price; two sons, David G. Whitten of Rochester, N.Y., and Richard Whitten of Newark, Del.; a daughter, Rilla M. Whitten of Rising Sun; a brother, Gerald Whitten of Pontiac, Mich.; two sisters, Ruth Blumer of Saginaw, Mich., and Rilla King of Pontiac, and five grandchildren.