John L. Whitehouse


John L. Whitehouse was born on December 18, 1931 to Florence Raney and Fredrick John Whitehouse in Smithwick, England.  He completed his life’s journey on February 18, 2017 at Hospice Brazos Valley In-Patient facility in Bryan, Texas.

John is survived by his beloved wife of 21 years, Betty Ann Robinson Whitehouse, daughter Pagent Ann Presley Ferguson, son-in-law Henry Rugeley Ferguson Jr., and granddaughter, Presley Ann Ferguson, who he lovingly called “The Nipper”, of San Antonio, Texas.  He was happily and anxiously awaiting the arrival of his grandson.

John graduated from The James Watts School of Engineering in Birmingham, England and attended McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

Arriving in the United States in 1964, he began his career under the tutelage of Isaac Shapiro of Detroit, Michigan. In 1971, John founded Troy Industries, Inc., a tooling company that molded outer body plastic parts.  In 1972, he founded Troy Products, Inc. in Milpitas, California and Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Upon retirement, John moved to Houston, Texas.  One of his passionate hobbies was shooting his respected Berretta shotgun in skeet competition, nationally.  He excelled in competition; however, his favorite targets were “the ones with feathers.”  He, along with his wife, circumnavigated the world shooting the fowl.  When not shooting, one could find John on Ajax Mountain in Aspen, Colorado skiing until the age of 76 with friends and family.  After putting away the shot guns and skis, The Whitehouse’s began cruising the oceans blue.

John was a member of The Detroit Gun Club, The Bloomfield Hills Open Hunt Club, Lost Lake Woods Gun Club, and The Chevalier de Vin of Bloomfield Hill, Michigan.  He was a member of Commanderie de Bordeaux of Houston, Texas.

“The Last Shooting Party” a celebration of his life, will be held at The Whitehouse Farm, Brenham, Texas, Sunday, March 19, 2017, promptly at 5:00pm.  He was charismatic. He was a good American.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Hospice Brazos Valley at 502 W. 26th Street in Bryan and The Salvation Army at 500 E. Academy St. in Brenham.

Cremation services are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral and Cremation Centers-Bryan/College Station.


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