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Robert Whittaker

Robert Earl Whittaker

Friday, May 10th, 1940 - Monday, March 29th, 2021
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Robert Earl Whittaker passed away on March 29, 2021 from complications from COPD.

Bob, as he was known to most, was born on May 10, 1940 in Jackson, Michigan. He graduated from Grosse Pointe high school in Grosse Pointe Michigan and attended Hillsdale College. Bob worked for Burlington Northern Railroad for many years and enjoyed working on computers and even built his own. A friend to many Bob was always willing to help out someone in need. He had a great sense of humor and enjoyed having many pets. Bob was predeceased by his father Lynn E. Whittaker, mother Mary E. Whittaker and niece Kimberly Lyn Coffin.

He is survived by his sister, Marylyn Whittaker Coffin and husband Ed of Harpswell, Maine, his nephew Christopher Coffin and wife Lorie of Cox's Creek, KY, his nephew Craig Coffin and wife Kirsti of Orange, CA plus many great nieces and nephews, his good friend Nancy Wajda who worked with him at Burlington Northern, his friends Don Riggs and Leo Gilbert who helped him so often at home, and especially David Barnhardt who the family will be eternally grateful to for helping take care of him until the end.

Per Bob's request his ashes will be scattered at a private campground in Cameron, Texas.

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Stan Morris

Posted at 11:34am
I met Bob in 1996 at a camp out. We have been long time friends and shared many great memories. He was my campground neighbor and we saw each other on every trip to the campsite. He will be truly missed and we will feel this loss for some tim e to come. Thanks Bob for all the memories, advice, and friendship. Rest well and condolences to the family both blood and chosen.

Theda Morris

Posted at 11:30am
Bob was one of the most kind and generous people I've ever known. He drew people to him like a magnet with his smile, shared his wisdom, and gave from his heart.

Creating beauty was one of his many gifts through photography, creating flyers, graphics, and websites.

Bob's hugs were filled with genuine warmth and could soothe and calm the most chaotic feelings.

He loved to read and would often share books with me or tell me about a new recipe he had tried.

Thank you Bob for sharing your wisdom, your hugs, and your love with me.

Fly with the Angels.

Theda
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David Barnhardt

Posted at 12:37pm
I met Bob at a Club Christmas party for Trinity River Bears in 2005. Bob was foremost among those that really made me feel welcome among the group and we became quick friends. It was simply Bob's way to ensure that everyone felt welcome and he was always working to be warm and kind to everyone.

Bob loved cooking, baking, and both swapping and creating recipes with anyone. He also enjoyed sitting around telling stories over a glass of scotch, sangria, or the "poison" of the moment. Bob tastes for food and drink were wide ranging and he always loved to share.

I know we will all miss our times with Bob, sitting around a table like family, or resting on his porch at TCC, just talking and sharing. He was forever a magnet drawing people to him for fun and camaraderie.

Bob was a true friend, mentor, and 2nd father to me. There is no replacing that.

Thank you Bob for all the wonderful times and memories.

Nancy Wajda

Posted at 05:39am
Bob once told me that every unexpected and big thing that happens in life is just one more mountain life gives you to climb. There are no more mountains, my friend. You will always be remembered.
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