Walter L. Whitaker
June 15, 1924 ‒ December 18, 2017
MANSFIELD: Walter L. Whitaker passed away peacefully at his daughter’s home on December 18, 2017. Walter was born to Robert and Nellie Yearian Whitaker on June 15, 1924 in Jackson, OH. He graduated from Jackson High School in 1942 and entered the Air Force shortly thereafter.
After the military, Walter came home to Jackson and fell in love with the Jackson County Apple Festival Queen, Grace Helen Woodruff, and they married August 10, 1946. He worked for a time in the paper mill in Chillicothe as a millwright’s apprentice to support a growing family.
He was called to the ministry at age 28 when he had 3 children under the age of 5. He graduated from Otterbein College, received a Master’s of Divinity from Ashbury Seminary, and spent the next 40 years serving the Lord in several E.U.B. and United Methodist churches/congregations. Since moving to Mansfield, although he was retired, Rev. Whitaker frequently assisted pasturing at the Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, providing hospital and shut-in visitation and filling in the pulpit whenever needed.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen. He is survived by his daughter, Carla (Chris) Rumas of Mansfield; two sons, John and Paul (Jane) Whitaker of Fort Pierce, FL; and grandchildren, Tad (Kathy) Rumas of Sunbury, OH, Reid (Britt) Whitaker, Brooke Whitaker, Chase Whitaker of Fort Pierce, FL, Wes Whitaker, and Spencer Whitaker of Doylestown, PA. He is also survived by great-grandchildren, Kayla and Timothy Rumas and Banyan and Finn Whitaker, and several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be on Thursday, December 21, 2017 from 4-7 pm in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home. The funeral service will be Friday at 11 am at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church. The Rev. Laura White will officiate and military honors will follow at the church. Burial will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery on German Church Road.
Memorial contributions to Chapel Hill United Methodist Church may be made through the funeral home.
Messages of sympathy may be made to the family by visiting:www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.