CAMBRIA -- Robert Dean Whiting, 45, passed away Monday, June 17, 2013, in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.
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Robert was born Dec. 30, 1967, in Springfield. He was the third child of four born to the late Larry Dean "Deo" Whiting and Suzanna Lynn (Gooden) Jordan.
Robert had a passion for music. He poured his heart into writing song lyrics and taught himself to play the guitar. He played until the accident that took his fingers. Robert found great joy in animals and, through the years, had pets that ranged from snakes and rats to dogs and cats. Robert never knew a stranger. His kind generous personality drew the attention of everyone he met. Robert loved people, especially "old folks," children and people who were lonely. He enjoyed making everyone smile by using his charming witty humor and funny play on words. He had a special way of matching people with resources to those who had need.
Left to cherish his memories are his mother and stepfather, Suzanna and Donald Jordan; sister, Cietta (Alan) Gower of Marion; brothers, Toby Whiting of Marion and James Whiting of Murphysboro; stepbrothers and sister, David (Marie) Jordan of Northridge, Calif., Garth (Deidre) Jordan of Springfield, Va., and Pamela Jordan of Elma, Wash.; nieces and nephews, Heather (Bruce) Jett of Marion, Jacob Gower of Marion, Daphne and Luke Whiting of Marion and Mackenzie and Brendan Whiting of Murphysboro; great-nephews and nieces, Philip and Parker Hollenbeck of Marion and Hayliee Perruquet of Murphysboro; special friend, Heather; and numerous other family, friends and neighbors.
Robert was preceded in death by his father, Larry "Deo" Whiting; his grandparents, Roland and Blanche Whiting and Earl "Gene" and Juanita Gooden; and niece, Ashley Gower.
A celebration of Robert's life will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 22, in First Baptist Church of Marion with Brother Bob Dickerson officiating. Friends and family will begin gathering at 2:30 p.m. at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations and charitable contributions be made to Marion Regional Humane Society.
In Robert's words to all who loved him, "Bye-cycle!"
Walker Funeral Home and Crematory of Carbondale is in charge of arrangements.
Published in The Southern Illinoisan from June 18 to June 21, 2013