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Carl W. Whitaker

June 21, 1932 ~ August 27, 2021 (age 89)


Carl W. Whitaker, 89, passed away on Friday, August 27, 2021, at the Defiance Inpatient Hospice Center. He was born on June 21, 1932 in Ossian, Indiana to the late Orval P. Whitaker and Esta Pearl (Brittsan) Whitaker. On February 9, 1952, he married Lola M. (Eibling) Whitaker who survives.

Along with Lola four children survive, Brent (Sharon) Whitaker of Willshire, Dr. Joe (Daryle) Whitaker of Tampa, Florida, Lisa Christman of Deshler, Ohio and Craig (Lisa) Whitaker of Decatur, Indiana; eleven grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by three sisters: Janice Marie Thatcher, Thelma Jean Whitaker, Mary Teeple; a son-in-law, Tim Christman and great granddaughter, Whitlee Hughes.

Carl was a 1950 graduate of Wren High School and attended the Ohio City United Methodist Church. He had worked at International Harvester in Fort Wayne then retired from Selking International in Decatur with over 44 years of service. He enjoyed working on antique tractors and anything mechanical as well as going to many tractor pull competitions. He and Lola spent many winters in Florida. Carl liked being with family, friends and never missed a chance to go get ice cream.

Services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 4, 2021 at Cowan & Son Funeral Home Van Wert with Pastor Gary Ginter officiating. Interment with follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Ohio City. Calling hours are 3-7 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorial are to the Defiance Hospice Center.

Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded at, Tribute Wall.

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September 3, 2021

3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Cowan & Son Funeral Home
616 S. Washington St
Van Wert, OH 45891

Funeral Service
September 4, 2021

10:30 AM
Cowan & Son Funeral Home
616 South Washington Street
Van Wert, OH 45891

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