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Thomas G. "Tommy" Whitaker, 68, passed away at Deaconess VNA Plus Charlier Hospice Center on November 17, 2016. He worked at Whirlpool, Zeigler Coal Co., and retired from the Chandler Water Dept. when he was 65.
He was the main caregiver for his mother, who died in May of this year. Tommy was born January 12, 1948, to Robert and Lou Whitaker in Evansville.
He loved horse racing, casino gambling, mowing grass and growing a huge garden every year.
He wanted to thank his co-workers at the water dept. and his neighbors, Jim Wilson, Lucas and Robin Haas for all their support. He will also miss the Sweeney family and says he will "see you again when we get to heaven".
To all of his friends in Chandler he wanted to say "So Long Little Buddies!" He recently attended his 50th Castle High School Reunion and was so happy to see all of his old class mates.
He fought cancer since April of this year, but he finally got so tired and just gave up. We would like to thank the wonderful staff of Deaconess VNA Plus Charlier Hospice Center for making him comfortable during his last days. When he arrived there, he said it was a Super Hotel and everyone was so nice to him. How true.
So, rest in peace, brother, and Happy Trails till we meet again!
He is survived by his sister, Karen Craddock (Marc) of Evansville. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Robert. His wife, Lee, also preceded him in death, leaving his step-children, Russell, Randy, Jeff, and Stacy O'Risky. He is also survived by 2 special granddaughters, Rachel and Crystal; his sister-in-law, Mary Jane Whitaker of Louisville and her children, Bobby, Robin, Jeff and Susie, as well as several nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be 10 a.m., Saturday, November 19, 2016, at Rose Hill Cemetery in Newburgh. Arrangements are in the care of Titzer Family Funeral Homes, Miller & Miller Colonial Chapel, (812) 424-9274. Memorial contributions may be made to Deaconess VNA Plus Charlier Hospice Center. Sympathy wishes to the family may be shared at www.titzerfuneralhomes.com.
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