Edward R. Whitaker, 85, long time resident of Atlantic and formerly of Massena, passed away at Atlantic Nursing and Rehab Center in Atlantic, on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013.
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Ed was born the son of Robert and Effie (Raasch) Whitaker, in Massena, on May 1, 1928. He grew up and was schooled in the Massena area. He joined the US Army in January of 1951 serving during the Korean War through October, 1952. Following his return he began his career as a carpenter in which he worked for the next 40 years.
He was married to Marilyn Mullen on Aug. 19, 1960 in Atlantic, where the couple made their home. He was very talented at his carpentry craft and business. He will be remembered as a very kind and gentle man. His favorite things included playing cards, enjoying golfing and outdoor events. He loved horse rides and attending rodeos. He later enjoyed trips to Walmart and visiting the pond by the cemetery with his special little girl Elizabeth Johnston.
Ed was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Marilyn and three brothers: Vern, Rex and Everett.
He is survived by two sisters, Margaret Hood of Fort Collins, Colo., and Olive Herbert of Waukee; nephew Steve Whitaker of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; and Ed's special little girl, Elizabeth Johnston of Creston and sister-in-law, Joyce Kinser of Corning, and a number of neices and nephews.
His funeral will be Friday at 11 a.m. on Aug. 9 at the Roland Funeral Home in Atlantic with Pastor Gary DeGeest of Atlantic officiating. The committal service with military honors will be held at 1:30 in the Victoria Township Cemetery south of Massena. There will be open visitation Wednesday, August 7 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Thursday, August 8 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The family will meet with friends on Thursday evening, Aug. 8, from 5-7 p.m.
Roland Funeral Service of Atlantic is caring for Ed's family and the arrangements. Friends are welcome to leave condolences at the Roland website of www.rolandfuneralservice.com.
Roland Funeral Services
204 E 5th St Atlantic, IA 50022
Published in Atlantic News Telegraph on Aug. 6, 2013