2014-07-08 / Obituaries

James M. Whitaker, 78

James M. “PeeWee” Whitaker, 78 of Cunot, formerly of Indianapolis, passed away at his home peacefully on July 3, surrounded by his family. James was born to the late Myrtle and Okla Whitaker on November 30, 1935 in Putnam County.

He is survived by his wife; Linda and his children; Jeffrey (Deneice), James K. (Robin), Jeanne Whitaker (Marty), Julie (Jason) Barnes and four stepchildren; Lisa (David) Haughey, Lee Ann (Dave) Harold, Laura (Jeff) Hardbeck and Buddy McLearran.

James also had seven grandchildren, 14 step grandchildren, one great grandchild and 14 step great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his brother Theodore. He is also survived by his stepmother; Doris Whitaker, stepsister; Kathy (Sean) Graves and stepbrother; Dennis (Cynthia) Whitaker.

James retired from Ford Motor Company in Indianapolis after 34 years of service in 1995. He served in the U.S. Army from 1961-63. In 1959, James became the first Hoosier to win an NHRA race.

James’ hobbies included NASCAR, NHRA, basketball, football and working on hot rods.

The visitation was from 4-8 pm on Tuesday, July 8 at Lauck & Veldhof Funeral Home, 1458 S. Meridian St., Indianapolis. Visit www.lauckfuneralhome.com for online condolences.

The visitation will be from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 9 at Whitaker Funeral Home in Cloverdale with the funeral service to follow. Condolences may be sent to cds@whitakerfuneralhome.net. James will be buried at Union Chapel Cemetery in Morton, Indiana.

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