KEARNEY — Kenneth D. “Kenny” Whittaker, 81, of Kearney died of Parkinson’s disease Friday, Aug. 5, 2016, at his home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at First Presbyterian Church in Kearney with the Rev. Stephen Price-Gibson officiating. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. at Greenwood Cemetery in Lexington.
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. today at O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home.
Kenneth DeWayne Whittaker was born on Nov. 25, 1934, in Lexington to Paul and Mary (Brummet) Whittaker. He grew up in Lexington and graduated from Lexington High School in 1953. During high school Kenny participated in football, basketball and track. Following high school, Kenny continued to work at the local grocery store where he managed the meat department.
On June 20, 1954, Kenny married Marilyn Stream at First Presbyterian Church in Lexington. The couple made their home in Lexington until they moved to Kearney in 1960.
Kenny was a truck driver and delivery man for several companies, including Armour, Roberts Dairy and Yellow Freight. Following his retirement from Yellow Freight, Kenny worked for IGA.
He was a member of First Presbyterian Church and was a past member of the Elks Club. He also was a member of the Teamsters Union where he served as a steward. Kenny enjoyed doing word puzzles and playing basketball in the men’s half-court league, which he was instrumental in starting. Most of all, he loved spending time with his children and grandchildren, and especially looked forward to attending their sporting activities. Kenny’s family and friends will always remember his extremely kind and gentle heart.
Kenny is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Marilyn of Kearney; a son, Dan Whittaker and wife Mary of Arlington, Texas; a daughter, Lori LaBrie and husband Tim of Minden; a son, Jon Whittaker and wife Shelly of Kearney; five grandchildren, Erin Fennema and husband Matt of Byron Center, Mich., Christopher LaBrie and wife Kim of Minden, Blake Whittaker and wife Katie of Gretna, Logan Whittaker and Sara Anderson of Minden and Olivia Whittaker of Kearney; four great-grandchildren, Elizabeth, Micah, Lily and Gabriel Fennema; two sisters, Myrna Eggleston and husband Glenn of Lexington and Paula Blodgett of Lexington; a brother, Jerry Whittaker and wife Donna of Lexington; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother-in-law, Marvin Blodgett; and three nephews, Brent Sherman, Blake Sherman and Terry Eggleston.
Memorials are suggested to the family for later designation.
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