Jonathan "Whit" Whitacre
28, passed away July 18th, 2013 doing what it was he loved best - flying. Whit was a young man, but he had already lived a full, adventurous life in his 28 years. He grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana and attended Cathedral High School and Culver Military Academy to play hockey. Following high school, Whit played Junior A Hockey in the NAHL in Billings, Montana for the Billings Bulls, and in the EJHL in New Jersey for the New Jersey Hitmen. In 2006 he returned to the Midwest to play goalie at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where his Division I hockey team finished 2nd in the Frozen Four NCAA tournament. He graduated from Miami in 2010 with a degree in Psychology. Whit's love for hockey was rivaled only by his love for all things military, including flying. His deep love of airplanes was fostered by his grandfather, Edward Robinson, who flew B-17s in WWII and earned a Purple Heart. Whit knew from a young age he wanted to be involved with the military, and he joined the Marines in the Aviation Officer Training Program until sidelined by a knee injury. Following this, he attended Flight Safety in Vero Beach, where he earned his Commercial Pilot's license, and VFR and IFR certifications. During the past two months, Whit had found his true passion by training as an Agricultural Pilot to complete his certificate to become a crop dusting pilot. Whit was a passionate, loyal and loving young man who loved the outdoors, his country and his family. His unexpected loss is devastating to all who knew and loved him - the number of which is too great to count.
Whit is survived by his mother and father, Nancy and Robert Whitacre; brother, Rob Whitacre, and wife, EJ; brother Jay Whitacre, and wife, Jenny; sister Elizabeth (Whitacre) Feldmann, and husband, Derrick; five nieces and one nephew; grandmother Mary Lou Robinson; loving aunts, uncles and cousins; and girlfriend Kimberly Lange.
A service will be held at St. Luke's United Methodist Church on Wednesday, July 24th, 2013 at 2:00 p.m, with a calling at the church beforehand from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests for memorials to be made to the Miami University Hockey Program. Please send donations in memory of Jonathan Whitacre to Miami University Foundation, 230 Millett Hall, Oxford, OH 45056. Leppert Mortuary & Crematory, Nora Chapel has been entrusted with funeral arrangements. If you would like to sign the online guestbook or send condolences to Whit's family you may do so by visiting: http://www.leppertmortuary.com