James PeeWee Whitaker

Born on: November 30, 1935
Departed on: July 3, 2014

Visitation: July 8, 2014 at 4:00 pm
Service: July 9, 2014 at 2:00 pm
Burial: Union Chapel Cemetery, Morton, Indiana

James M. PeeWee Whitaker, 78 of Cunot, formally of Indianapolis, passed away at his home peacefully on July 3 surrounded by his family. James was born to the late Myrtle and Okla Whitaker on November 30, 1935 in Putnam County. He is survived by his wife Linda and his children Jeffrey (Deneice), James K. (Robin), Jeanne Whitaker (Marty), Julie (Jason) Barnes and four stepchildren Lisa (David) Haughey, Lee Ann (Dave) Harold, Laura (Jeff) Hardbeck and Buddy McLearran.
James also had seven grandchildren, 14 step grandchildren, one great grandchild and 14 step great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother Theodore. He is also survived by his stepmother Doris Whitaker, stepsister Kathy (Sean) Graves and stepbrother Dennis (Cynthia) Whitaker.
James retired from Ford Motor Company in Indianapolis after 34 years of service in 1995. He served in the U.S. Army from 1961-63. In 1959, James became the first Hoosier to win an NHRA race.
James hobbies included NASCAR, NHRA, basketball, football and working on hot rods.
The visitation will be from 4-8 pm on Tuesday, July 8 at Lauck & Veldhof Funeral Home, 1458 S. Meridian St., Indianapolis. Visit www.lauckfuneralhome.com for online condolences.
The visitation will be from 11 am- 2 pm on Wednesday, July 9 at Whitaker Funeral Home in Cloverdale with the funeral service to follow. Condolences may be sent to cds@whitakerfuneralhome.net. James will be buried at Union Chapel Cemetery in Morton, IN.