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James T. Whitaker

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James T. Whitaker, age 74, of Hobart, passed away Thursday, June 20, 2013 at William Riley Hospice in Munster. James had been a Hobart resident since 1977 and was formerly of Hammond. He was a longtime employee of Scot Lad Foods and member of Automobile Mechanics Union Local #701. Jim was an avid golfer who was known for his loud laugh and loved being around people. He was a "social butterfly" who in his early years was affectionately known as "Gabby" and later as "Jumper". Jim had a Southern gentleman personality that was loved by all. He was known for his generosity and helped anyone in need at any time. He is survived by his son, Don (Lynne) Whitaker; daughter, Donna (Joe) Riley; three grandchildren: Joey (Kara) Riley, Stephanie (Jason) Summerhill and Ashley Clemens, all of Hobart; sister, Linda Bassonatti of Memphis, TN. Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Joan Whitaker; and brother, Troy Whitaker. Funeral services will be held Monday, June 24, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Rees Funeral Home, 600 W. Old Ridge Road, Hobart, with Pastor Richard Brown officiating. Burial will follow at Calumet Park Cemetery in Merrillville, Indiana. Visitation will be Sunday from 2:00-7:00 p.m. at Rees Funeral Home, Hobart Chapel, 219-942-2109 or online at

Published in The Times from June 22 to June 23, 2013
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