George Edward Whittaker

Born: Fri., Jun. 14, 1929
Died: Tue., Feb. 17, 2009

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George Edward Whittaker, Loving Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather died peacefully with loving family around him Tuesday February 17, 2009 at Brethren Care Village due to health problems. He was born June 14, 1929 in Girard, Ohio the son of James and Bertha (Raper) Whittaker. He grew up in Girard and Niles Ohio and worked for Republic Steel in Warren Ohio as a brick layer, he did a number of brick jobs including houses, patios, fireplaces ect. He moved to Mohicanville in 1966 and worked at the old Mansfield Reformatory as a guard prior to moving to Arizona in 1970. Mr. Whittaker was a Baptist and studied his Bible regularly. He was a veteran of the US Marines, he served in WWII in China. He was an avid bow hunter, fisherman and enjoyed competition archery. He also loved the outdoors and to tell stories.
Mr. Whittaker married Elberta (Patrick) Whittaker in July 1949, she preceded him in death on February 15, 1987 in Mesa, AZ.

He is survived by his eight children; Rodney G. Whittaker of Flagstaff, AZ., Joyce K (Larry) Warren of Mifflin, Janine (Mark) Applegate of Mesa, AZ., JoAnne (Thomas) Rye of Young, AZ., Judy (Dave) Wickman of Greenwich, Paul (Leslie) Whittaker of Ashland, Michael Whittaker of Mesa, AZ., and Jaclyn (Richard) Almeda of Mansfield. Also surviving are his 20 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; ex wife Ladonna Whittaker of Maplewood, MN; and his three sisters in-law; Martha Whittaker of Warren, Ohio, Betty Whittaker of Mesa, AZ., and Floris Whittaker of Brenham, TX. Other survivors include his many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Mr. Whittaker was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers and sisters; Edna Gordon, Argie Clark, Bruce Whittaker, Helen Whittaker, Mildred (Mickey) Suchanek, James (Ob) Whittaker, Leroy (Roy) Whittaker, William (Earl) Whittaker, Herbert (Daniel) Whittaker, Glenn Whittaker and Gene Whittaker.

Memorial service to celebrate George's Life with his family and friends will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday February 21, 2009 at the Vermillion Baptist Church, 1005 Co. Rd. 2256, Perrysville, Ohio with Pastor Jim Ludeman officiating. Burial will be with his wife in Scottsdale, AZ. Memorial contributions may be made by giving blood to the Red Cross in George's name. Heyl Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.

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Janine P Applegate
   Posted Wed February 18, 2009
George Whittaker was my Daddy. He was a good man, good grandpa, and good great grandpa.
Last of his family, and one of the Best!!
Thank you Daddy for all the things you taught me, and my children. We Love you, and will always have you close to our Hearts.
Love you Daddy
(loved you first sweetie!)

Allisha Rye (Alli-baba)
   Posted Thu February 19, 2009
I am Grandpa George's grand daughter. This man was a wonderful grandpa with more love for his huge family then most are blessed with in a lifetime. My grandpa blessed me with his passion for art and drawing. I am an artist today because of his example and push in the right direction. I love you grandpa and miss you so much. I'm so thankful you aren't in pain anymore and that you are with grandma again. I love you and miss you!!! Thank you for all you have done and all the love and support you have given. You are such a wonderful man.

Kathy Partridge
   Posted Thu February 19, 2009
Our loving thoughts and prayers to all the loved ones. We will think of all of the family.
Lorin and Kathy Partridge and Family
Kristy, Sean and Madison

Jenny and Isaak
   Posted Thu February 19, 2009
Grandpa, and Great Grandpa. We were so blessed to have you in our lives. Always telling great stories. My favorite was you singing the chinease national anthem. I love you so much. I will miss you but i know you are so happy now that you are with the love of your life grandma. Isaak will know his great grandpa George. XOXOXOXO

Eric and Kimberly High
   Posted Fri February 20, 2009

Eric and Kimberly High
   Posted Fri February 20, 2009
This man was my Grandpa who I loved dearly.

He was and always will be one of the many people that had a deep influence and helped mold me into the man I am today. He taught me so much about life and how to treat people and was the one that spurred me into my love for drawing by teaching me how to use my imagination to see the faces an objects in a simple scribble.

Even though he's gone, I know with all my heart that I'll see him again one day.

I can't help but think in wonder of what he's experiencing as he finally arrives at his long journey's end and finds his Lord waiting with arms wide open to welcome him home, maybe he presents to him his life long love, Grandma and walks with them to show him his mansion that Jesus himself has prepared for them in their new beginning.

Love you so much grandpa, and I can't wait to hear you utter those three words once again, "loved you first."

rodney g whittaker
   Posted Fri February 20, 2009
I am the eldest son - I thank one and all for there tribute to my dad.
He never wavered from his belief in Jesus Christ and I pray his trip is all he hoped it would be.

Thank you- rodney

Melanie Whittaker-Andrejczak
   Posted Sat February 21, 2009
One of the few Uncles we, brother Glenn W. Whittaker's (6) children, got a chance to get to know. Very much a big kid at heart and always cheerful. We always felt welcome when we came to visit his home. May God's blessings be with Uncle George's children and his entire extended family. With Love, Melanie

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