Wayne Herbert "Herb" Whitaker (1933 - 2009)

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Memorial services for Wayne H. Whitaker will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009, at the Bradley & Hadley Funeral Home, Clinton. Burial will be in Englewood Cemetery.
Wayne Herbert "Herb" Whitaker, Jr., 76, of rural Clinton, Missouri, died peacefully Friday, Sept. 18, 2009 at his home, surrounded by family.??He was born Feb. 3, 1933 in Wichita, Kan., to Wayne Herbert Whitaker, Sr. and Eva Mae (Godfrey) Whitaker. On May 2, 1954, at the First Christian Church in Maryville, Mo., he married Waneta Jane Close and she survives of the home. To this union, five children were born: Ron, Gail, Todd, Tim, and Terri.??He was baptized and became a member of the Baptist faith. Herb was a 1951 graduate of Maryville High School, Maryville, Mo., and attended Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville. From 1947 to 1963 he worked with his parents at Whitaker Feed & Produce in Maryville. In 1966, Herb worked for Spencer Chemical Corporation at Gulf Oil Company in Shenandoah, Iowa as the plant manager. In 1972 he purchased Merk Grain & Feed in Audubon, Iowa. In 1978 he sold the business and assisted in the formation of a Co-op elevator and continued as the Co-op's manager until 1979. He then co-owned and operated Countryside Motors in Audubon. In 1981 he accepted a job with Supersweet Feeds in Higginsville, Mo., and in 1985 transferred to Columbia, Mo. Herb retired in 1986 and moved to the Truman Lake area to enjoy a relaxing and peaceful life. In 2003 he went to work part-time at the Shawnee Bend Golf Course in the pro shop. Herb greatly enjoyed meeting and visiting with the many golfers who passed through the doors at the golf course, greeting each customer with a smile or a grin as he did throughout his life with everyone he met. Herb was in the Navel Reserve for eight years, receiving an honorable discharge in 1960. He was a member of the Nodaway Masonic Lodge #470, A.F. & A.M., and was a Shriner. He was also a member and Past President of the Maryville Junior Chamber of Commerce.??In addition to his wife Jane, survivors include their children; Ron Whitaker and wife Donna, Kansas City, Mo.; Gail Pieper and husband Joe, Sioux City; Todd Whitaker and wife Tammy, Liberty, Mo.; Tim Whitaker, Merriam, Kan.; and Terri Gilkey and husband Cecil, Higginsville, Mo.; grandchildren, Zach and Keri Whitaker, Kansas City, Mo., Kyle and Kim Whitaker, Kearney, Mo., Adam Whitaker, Kansas City, Mo., Eric Anderson, Pasadena, Calif., Jamey Anderson, Ames; Joshua Whitaker, Kansas City, Mo., Ashley and Ryan Allen, Kearney, Mo., Haley Whitaker, Kansas City, Mo., Chelsey Lockington, Killeen, Texas, Isaac Whitaker, Bedford, Texas., and Eric Gilkey, Grain Valley, Mo.; 9 great-grandchildren; and other relatives and many friends.?
The family suggests memorial contributions to Twin Lakes Hospice, , or the , and contributions may be left in care of the funeral home.
Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from Sept. 23 to Sept. 24, 2009
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