Male 1941 - 2010  (69 years)

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  • Name Mike WHITAKER 
    Born 3 Jul 1941  Caretta, McDowell Co. WV Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    _UID 01ADE23C23684C0BA2683CEBF931CDE1B7EB 
    Died 07 Aug 2010  Mechanicsville, St. Mary's County, MD Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Social Security Death Index
      Name: Mike Whitaker
      Last Residence: 20659 Mechanicsville, Saint Marys, Maryland
      Born: 3 Jul 1941
      Died: 7 Aug 2010
      State (Year) SSN issued: Virginia (1958-1959)
    Buried Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington Co. VA Find all individuals with events at this location 

      Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010

      Mike Whitaker, 69, of Mechanicsville, MD passed away peacefully at his home on August 7, 2010, after suffering with a long illness.

      He was born July 3, 1941 in Caretta, WV; to the late Louie Douglas Whitaker and Edna Minnie Prater Taylor; brother to the late Steve Douglas Whitaker and Larry Oliver Whitaker; husband to his late second wife, Mary Katherene Whitaker.

      He survived by his beloved wife of 29 years, Darlene Gehring Whitaker; their five children Patty Jean Charles and husband Chris of Sierra Vista, AZ, David Walter Whitaker and wife Karen of Lusby, MD, Jamie Lynn Whitaker and her fiancÚ TJ Ryan of Coltons Point, MD, Michael Daryl Whitaker of Wichita, KS, Shane Lewis Whitaker of Mechanicsville, MD, in addition, a son Josh Ballard Whitaker of Minneapolis, MN; and daughter Susanna Lee "Suzy" Martinez married to Alvin of Phoenix, AZ; and sisters, Edith Ann Rose Ingersoll and Lucille Rose Ryce of Ontario, Canada and a sister, Mary; grandchildren, Brooklyn Rae Vance, Nathan Ward Ryan, Destiny Raine Whitaker, Derek Thomas Whitaker, David Walter Whitaker Jr., Carmen Lynn Noll, Paige Adrianne Noll, Tucker Gehring Charles, Matthew Michael Martinez, Meghan Michelle Martinez, and Mykaela Marie Martinez; and many other relatives and friends.

      He was raised and graduated from Mountain Mission School an orphanage in Grundy, VA on May 22, 1959. After graduation, Mike continued his education at Concord College in Athens, WV.

      In 1960, Mike joined the United States Air Force and served this country for several years including tours in Germany, Guam and Vietnam. While serving in the Air Force Mike received several awards including the Bronze Star for his dedicated service. After leaving the Air Force, Mike continue his education at Daytona Beach Community College, were he received his Electronics Certificate. He moved to Southern Maryland 1986, where he supported the Navy as a Project Engineer at Patuxent River Naval Air Station. He was known by his peers as "Mr. Lightning", because of his knowledge in the field of lightning. He retired in 2009 after 35 years of service.

      He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend to many and loved devoting his time and attention to his family, children, grandchildren and friends. Mike enjoyed doing the Easter egg hunt, decorating the Christmas tree, making cookies with grandchildren, celebrating birthdays with friends and family and other family gatherings. He loved country music, woodworking, and the great outdoors especially his favorite pastimes fishing, camping and gardening. He also enjoyed many activities with the church youth in his earlier days, such as camping, bike trips, 50 mile hikes and driving to activities.

      A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, August 14, 2010 at The Church of Christ of Latter-day Saints, Patuxent Ward, 22747 Old Rolling Road, Lexington Park, MD 20653 conducted by Bishop Dennis Reed.

      A private inurnment will take place at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of St Mary's, PO Box 625 Leonardtown, MD 20650.

      Arrangements provided by Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, P.A., Charlotte Hall, MD.
    Person ID I278  Master File
    Last Modified 10 Feb 2013 

    Father Louie Douglas WHITAKER,   b. 17 May 1912, McDowell Co. WV Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jan 1945, Battle of the Bulge, Malmedy, Belgium Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years) 
    Mother Edna Minnie PRATER,   b. 10 Aug 1917, McDowell Co. WV Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Oct 2004, Volusia Co. FL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Married 08 Mar 1939  McDowell Co. WV Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F90  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Sandra Kay SMITH 
     1. Josh Ballard WHITAKER
     2. Susanna Lea WHITAKER
    Family ID F93  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Mary Kay POST,   b. 23 May 1944, Perry, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Apr 1979, Broward Co. FL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 34 years) 
    Family ID F95  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Darlene Roxanne GEHRING 
     1. Patty Jean WHITAKER
     2. David Walter WHITAKER
     3. Jaimie Lynn WHITAKER
     4. Michael Daryl WHITAKER
     5. Shane Lewis WHITAKER
    Family ID F94  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart