Our loving Husband, Father, Grandfather and Friend, left us on Monday, March 29th, 2010, to be with our Lord at age 72.
Bill was born on August 8th, 1937, to Samuel and Mary Whitaker in Decatur, Illinois.
After moving to Southern Calif, he met and married his High School Sweetheart, Delores (Dee) Swind. They were married in January 1956. He moved his family to Southern Oregon in 1964, where they lived and raised their four children. Bill and Dee defined the expression Soul Mates throughout their 54 years of marriage.
Bill retired from Davis Finish Products, formerly known as Smith Lumber, where he worked for many years.
Bill was an avid golfer who loved to spend time on the course with his sons and grandsons. He was active in men’s fastpitch for over 30 years as a player, coach, manager, and sponsor. After many years of personal involvement, Bill continued expressing his love for sports as a very supportive fan of his grandchildren, rarely missing a game. He also loved traveling, fishing, hunting and camping with. his family.
Bill’s insurmountable love and compassion for life is survived through his devoted and loving wife Dee Whitaker; son, John (Laurie) Whitaker; daughters, Wendy Hansen, Julie (Gordon) Ellis, Mary (Danny) Walden, Eight grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, one brother Robert Whitaker, one nephew and one niece. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Samuel and Mary Whitaker.
A “Celebration of His Life”, will be held Saturday, April 17th, at 10:00 am, at Table Rock Fellowship, 3610 N. Pacific Hwy., in Medford. The family invites friends to join them directly following the service in the Table Rock Fellowship Oasis.