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Donald "Don" Whittaker


Donald Whittaker

Feb. 16, 1936 — June 8, 2021 (age 85)

MINERAL RIDGE — Donald “Don” Whittaker, 85, passed away Tuesday (June 8) at St. Joseph Hospital.

Born Feb.16, 1936 in Mineral Ridge, Don was the son of Thomas and Mildred (Chambers) Whittaker.

A lifelong Mineral Ridge resident, Don was a 1954 graduate of Mineral Ridge High School.

Prior to retirement, Don was a truck driver for Williams Trucking and Pam Transport.

As a young man, he loved coaching his sons’ baseball teams.

Don enjoyed playing pool, fishing, camping  and traveling with his wife and family.

In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by his son, Donald L. Whittaker; and his siblings Thomas Whittaker, Betty Whittaker, Ralph Whittaker, Glen Whittaker and Georgetta Leonhart.

Don leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 64 years, the former Betty Mae Bowman, whom he married June 29, 1957. He also is survived by his children Patricia (Mark) Meszaros, Brian (Denise) Whittaker and Keith (Donna) Whittaker; his sister, Connie (Ken) Mowery; his grandchildren Misty (Mikelis) Teteris, Kevin Whittaker, Angela (Chad Marsh) Whittaker, Tony (Megan McBride) Meszaros, Michael Meszaros and Joey (Megan Copenhaver) Kazear; 11 great grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

The family will receive relatives and friends Monday (June 14) from 5 to 7 p.m. at Lane Funeral Home, Mineral Ridge Chapel and Tuesday (June 15) from 10 to 11 a.m. A funeral service will be held June 15 at 11 a.m. with Pastor Ron Blakeman officiating.

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