by Bret Bevens, PDT Sports Writer
Robert Whittaker, 86
Robert Whittaker age 86 of Wheelersburg died Jan. 7, 2013, at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital in Ashland, Ky. He was born Nov. 6, 1926, in Marseilles, Ohio to the late Walter Warren Whittaker and Nancy Ellen Hughes Whittaker.
He was an UA Army WWII Veteran, a retired communications consultant for GTE, a member of Christ Comminity Church and a member of Aurora Masonic Lodge #48 in Portsmouth.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Jo Ann Harraman Whittaker on April 20, 2012. They were married March 16, 1952 in Marion, Ohio.
He is survived by one son, Robert (Kristi) Whittaker, two daughters, Janet Whittaker and Carol Vetter, three sisters, Nancy Ellen Baker, Jean Hensel and Irene Ferguson and five grandchildren, Leslie Vetter, Michelle Lazar, Aaron Whittaker, Kirby Whittaker and Logan Whittaker.
He was also preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Walter Whittaker and Kenneth Whittaker and two sisters, Anna Imbody and Clara Olive Drake.
Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at the Harrison-Pyles Funeral Home at noon. Burial will be in Memorial Burial Park. Friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. And one hour before the services on Thursday.
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