Born 6-27-1930 -- Died 9-23-2006
Byron Wayne Whitaker was born June 27, 1930, the son of Guy James Whitaker and Mabel Ruth Stuttle Whitaker, in Emporia, Kan. He died Sept. 23, 2006, at West Vue Nursing Center in West Plains, Mo., at the age of 76.
He married Lois Walliser in 1950 in Emporia. He later married Karen Hix. He later married Dorothy James.
Whitaker is survived by four children, Janet DeLong of Manhattan, Kan., Dr. Stanley Whitaker of Intervale, N.H., Dale Whitaker and wife Niki of Geiger, Ala., and Kristy Brown and husband Dan of Windsor, Mo.; 13 grandchildren; special friend Jean Fine of West Plains; one nephew, Tim Crossfield of California; several cousins; and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Mildred O'Brien; and one infant brother, Darrell Whitaker.
He was baptized and united with the Christian Church in Hartford, Kan., on April 4, 1948.
Whitaker was a lifelong cattle rancher.
The funeral service will be held Sept. 29 at 10:30 a.m. at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, with Bro. James Doyle officiating. Burial will follow in the Thayer Cemetery.
Arrangements are by Carter Funeral Home.