In Remembrance Of
Whitaker, George Parks Jr.November 8th, 1922 - May 2nd, 2003
May 7th, 2003 11:00 a.m.
Greenwood Cemetery, Wheeling, WV.
Whitaker, Jr., George Parks, died peacefully to the tune of "On Eagle's Wings" on the afternoon of May 2, 2003 at Peterson Hospital, Wheeling, West Virginia. Mr. Whitaker was born on November 6, 1922 in Wheeling, West Virginia, the son of the late George Parks, Sr., and Marie Stifel Whitaker. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, John Oesterling Whitaker. Surviving are his wife, Anita Malmstrom Whitaker and son, John Malmstrom Whitaker, his wife, Linda and their son, David Fisk Whitaker, all currently residing in California. Surviving siblings are Jessie Whitaker McClure and Louis Stifel Whitaker of Wheeling and Harriet Whitaker Kinder of St. Clairsville. In addition, numerous nieces and nephews and their families reside across the United States. Mr. Whitaker served in WWII as a Tech Sergeant in the Army Air Force, flying 29 missions over Germany, and was decorated with the Air Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was graduated from Kenyon College while still serving in the Reserves and entered into a period of travel in Europe where he met his future wife while working at the Sandvik Steel Works in Sweden. He returned to Wheeling to join the Practice Engineer Program with Wheeling Steel Corporation at the Steubenville Open Hearth and served in many managerial positions before finally retiring as General Manager of the Ohio Valley Division of Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corporation after 25 years with the firm. After retiring from Wheeling-Pittsburgh, Mr. Whitaker became President of the Wheeling Stamping Company in Warwood, West Virginia, and built the business to make it the third largest tube production company in the U.S. After the company was sold, he enjoyed many years caring for his beloved Old Trail Farm. George Whitaker will be fondly remembered by his wife, family, and many friends from both his professional and personal life. We bless him on his journey. Funeral services will be held at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, the Reverend Mister Mark E. Seitz officiating, on Wednesday, May 7, 2003, at 11:00 AM. Immdiately following the service, a luncheon will be held at the Fort Henry Club. In lieu of flowers please make memorial donations to the Valley Hospice, 98B East Cove Ave., Wheeling, WV 26003. The internment will be at the convenience of the family. Arrangements by the Kepner Funeral Home National Road at Bethany Pike, Wheeling.
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