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Donald Dean Whitaker
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Obituary for Donald Dean Whitaker

Donald D. Whitaker, 80, of Wapakoneta, OH passed away Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at Lima Memorial Health Systems.

Don was born on December 4, 1937 in Ft. Meade, SD, a son of the late Harry T. and Ruby Pearl Yetter Whitaker.

On September 10, 1960, Don married Marita Andrews in Chevy Chase, MD and she survives along with three children, David (Kathy) Whitaker of Wapakoneta, Donna (Ben) Russo of Waynesfield, and Marc (Jocelin) Whitaker of Fredericktown, OH, nine grandchildren, Hailey, Jenna and Connor Whitaker, Anna, Dominic, Anthony, Adam and Danielle Russo, and Yalissa Whitaker, and a sister, Darleen Fletcher of Virginia.

Don earned his Bachelor of Science in Education at the University of Maryland, where he ran track. He taught physical education and science in Maryland for nine years and retired from Wapakoneta High School after 28 years, where he also coached Cross Country and Track. Don was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps Reserves. He attended New Hampshire Community Church and many Messianic congregations. Don was an avid Cincinnati Reds fan. He loved to attend his grandchildren’s sporting events. He enjoyed tending to his gardens, caring for his farm animals and helping with the family business.

Memorial services will begin 2:00 pm, Saturday, April 28, 2018 at New Hampshire Community Church with visitation from 1-2pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given in his name to Ministry Through Movement South Africa c/o One Plus God Ministries at

Arrangements are in the care of Shoffstall Funeral Home, Lakeview. Condolences may be expressed at

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1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
New Hampshire Community Church

114 E. Market Street
New Hampshire, OH 45870

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2:00 PM
New Hampshire Community Church

114 E. Market Street
New Hampshire, OH 45870

Memorial Contribution

One Plus God Ministries

425 Sugar Maple Lane
Marion, Ohio 43302
Ministries Through Motion South Africa

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