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SGT. (Ret) Joseph A. Whelan

SGT. (Ret) Joseph A. Whelan, age 80, of Brandenburg, KY passed away Sunday, April 4, 2021, at his residence. Sgt. Whelan was retired from the Kentucky State Police and had served as a Bailiff for the Meade County Sheriff’s Department. He liked woodworking, going out to eat, and meeting people, but, most of all spending time with his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and cat.

Mr. Whelan was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Leroy “Doc” and Georgia Lee Manning Whelan; and his wife, Donna Ruark Whelan. He is survived by two children, Leslie Jenkins and her husband, Shawn and Samantha Whelan; two grandchildren, Joseph Jenkins and his wife, Lori and Jessica Jenkins; two great-grandchildren, William and Charlotte Jenkins; two sisters, Alice Earle Mahon and her husband, Danny and Geraldine Hager and her husband, Porter; and many, many, nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM Friday, April 9, 2021, at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, Brandenburg, KY with Rev. Trumie Culpepper Elliott officiating. Visitation will be at Hager Funeral Home from 4:00 until 8:00 PM Thursday and after 9:00 AM Friday at the church. A second visitation will be held Friday, April 16, 2021, at Elliston-Stanley Funeral Home, Crittenden, KY from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM with a committal service to follow at Hill Crest Cemetery, Dry Ridge, KY. Expressions of sympathy may be donations to the American Cancer Society, Trooper Island, or the charity of choice. Online condolences may be left at