Robert Whitaker

Mass of Christian Burial for Robert Orvis Whitaker, 90, of Lawrence, Kansas will be held
10 a.m., Saturday February 13, 2010 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Lawrence.  Mr. Whitaker died Saturday, February 6, 2010 in Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Lawrence.  Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Lawrence with Military Honors.

He was born August 2, 1919 in Paola, Kansas the son of Don C. and Nancy E. (Thomas) Whitaker.

He worked at DuPont for 25 years retiring in 1982 as a Safety Supervisor.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was a retired Major in the United States Army Reserve.

He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Dorsey-Liberty Post 14, American Legion, Alford-Clarke Post # 852, VFW and Eagles Lodge # 595. B.P.O.E. , all in Lawrence, Kansas

Mr. Whitaker was married to Nancy A. Doyle on June 16, 1944 in San Francisco, California.  She preceded him in death on December 11, 2008.

He is survived by two sons, Robert D. and wife, Kathy, Portland, OR, Patrick J. and wife, Veronica, Helena, MT; two daughters Kathleen E. Cook and husband, Stanford, Olympia, WA, Mary W. Davidson and husband, Michael, Lawrence, KS; three brothers, Don B., Lawrence, Richard, New Carrollton, MD, Phillip, Overland Park, KS; 15 grandchildren, Carolyn, Nathan, Ben, Jesse, Tim, Brandon, Eve, Justin, Jamie, Jon, Jaclyn, Julie, Amanda, Ivan, Daniel; 6 great grandchildren Tuyen, Tyera, Ty, Mason, Quaye, Deja.  He was preceded in death by two brothers, Louis, Theodore and one sister, Elizabeth Hall.  

The family will greet friends from 4-6 p.m. Friday, February 12, 2010 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary

Memorial contributions may be sent in his name to Douglas County Visiting Nurses, Rehabilitation and Hospice Care, and may be sent in care of the mortuary.


5 Condolences

  1. Reece Wiley on February 9, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Mary: your dad was a good man with a wonderful daughter. I hope his passing was peaceful and that you are doing well.

  2. Bob Whitaker on February 9, 2010 at 12:00 am

    I was thinking about the good times I had working for Bob at
    Tecumseh just this past Sunday.
    Bob and Steve Kandybowicz were the two best supervisors that I ever worked for in my 40 years with Dupont. That Sunday was my birthday and lots of folks like Bob,Steve, Gary Midgett, Jim Hotchkiss crossed my mind. I retired from Florence S.C. plant 1998. It was not the same as the Tucumseh folks, like I mentioned. I still remember them all and love them very much.
    Bob Westbrook

  3. Lois Mersmann on February 9, 2010 at 12:00 am


    Thinking of you.

    May God grant you peace.

    Lois Mersmann

  4. Judi Roland on February 10, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Mary, my heart is with you and the rest of your family at this time. All of you are in my prayers.

  5. T Williams on March 10, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Please accept our sincere condolences on the loss of your dear loved one. May you find comfort and hope in the Bible’s promise, “Your dead ones will live. . . . They will rise up.” –Isaiah 26:19 The Bible teaches that man was not created by God to die, but death came about as a result of sin, way back in the Garden of Eden. –Romans 5:12. So even though death has afflicted mankind down to our day, God promises to undo the effects of death and even do away with death itself. Please read this for yourself at Revelation 21:3, 4. What a wonderful hope is presented in God’s Word. . . being able to live right here on earth in paradisaic conditions with our loved ones beside us. –Psalms 37:29 It is our hope that reading these scriptures will comfort you during this time of loss.

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