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James Jerry Whitaker

April 5, 1938October 23, 2020
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James Jerry Whitaker, age 82, of Indianapolis, Indiana passed away on Friday, October 23, 2020 surrounded by his family. Jerry was born April 5, 1938 in Indianapolis to John and Mary Helen Wilkerson Whitaker. He graduated from Tech High School in 1956. After high school Jerry heard the call to serve his county and he carried that call through his life. He joined the U.S. Marines in 1958 during the Korean War. Then in 1962 he joined the Air Force. After serving his county he joined the Indianapolis Fire Department and retired in 1986 as District Fire Chief. After retiring he joined the Lawrence Township Fire Department and was Fire Chief until 1998. Jerry also worked at Market Square Arena as Safety Director and with Deer Creek. He also worked at Hill Crest County Club, Winding Ridge Golf Course and Old Oakland Golf Course, where he make so many wonderful friends, he said "it wasn't a job, it was a joy!" Jerry was a member of Castleton United Methodist Church, Oaklandon Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, Murat Shrine and the American Legion. Jerry is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years Sandy Rayl Whitaker; his brothers Tim (Colleen) and John (Lauren); his children Robin (Cherie), Beth Ann (Rick); daughter-in-law Mary; grandchildren Ashley (Richard), Briana, Jerry (Gina), Mary, Joe, Sarah, Kait, and Colby; and great-grandchildren Fynn, Tinley, Maddy, Cooper, Everett and Reagan. Above all else, Jerry was a family man who was most proud of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Jerry is preceded in death by his son Jerry Allan. He rarely missed an opportunity to be at a sporting event, rodeo, Christmas program or musical that involved one of his family members. With his lawn chair and his caffeine-free diet coke in hand, he walked almost as many miles across baseball and softball diamonds as he did on the golf course. But no matter where he went, Jerry always ran into someone he knew and would stop to talk and share some piece of his unique sense of humor. His grandkids and great-grandkids will forever remember "the claw" as a signature Papaw move, also with "See this finger, see this thumb...." However, there was no humor in his voice when he offered his support encouragement, or love to any one of his family members. Each and every one knew that if they needed his help, he would be there for them. A Celebration of Jerry's life will be held at a later date. Memorials in Jerry's name may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children Medical Center in Lexington or Hoosier Burn Camp, or Survive Alive house. Service entrusted to Feeney-Hornak Shadeland Mortuary. Jerry will always be remember for his two saying, "The bus is leaving...." and "Don't let the door hit you in the …."

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.feeneyhornakshadeland.com for the Whitaker family.

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Tammy Waterman

November 2, 2020

With deepest sympathy from the children of the late Owen and Sally Brown...Mike...Rose...Randy...Scott and Tammy.

Sending love and prayers Bob and Donna Seigriest.

Gene Nesbit

November 2, 2020

Robin, so sorry for you and the family on the loss of Jerry. He was such a great guy and always a pleasure to have at the Wrestling Club meetings and meets. He and your family were top notch supporters. It was always a pleasure to run into Jerry at Market Square or the local Ace Hardware.. He will be missed by so many people that he made feel better about themselves.

Glenn Calkins

November 2, 2020

Always appreciated my continued work and Jerry's help with IFD + Lawrence Township as Chaplain. That was whether "riding Out" with him or doing some Chaplaincy work he requested. Chief Whitaker never "let the door...." on my way in or out. He always said he taught me all I knew in the Fire Service. A couple times we ended up "calling in an alarm while we "stomped out" a grass fire up along the railroad tracks in District 3. AT one awards Banquet in Lawrence TWP. Jerry was very certain he needed the invocation (even) after an IFD double line of duty funerals in IFD. I was glad to oblige. Jerry was not about to "let that bus leave..." I shall always appreciate work and service that Chief needed. Will continue to be so sorry that such a "good soul" is not among us any more. My condolences to all the family and friends.

Ann Reckley

November 2, 2020

Dear Sandy,
I was shocked to hear about the death of Jerry. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this sad time. I would love to talk to you when you feel up to it.
Ann Reckley
357-5929

Sylvia Horner

November 2, 2020

Jerry was a friend of our family during childhood years in Brightwood. He was a dear neighbor and almost like a family member. We pray comfort to his loved ones who have lost a great man. God bless you.
Joseph and Sylvia (Burton) Horner

Ed & Kim Brown

November 2, 2020

RIP Jerry!

Mrs. Green (as you lovingly referred to Kim) and I will miss our conversations at Old Oakland Golf Club!

Jerry was a sweet and caring man. We send our prayers of comfort and peace for Sandy and the family.

Ed Knych

November 1, 2020

Sandy,
Jerry will be deeply missed. I loved having him at Hillcrest CC. It was always fun to run into you both at many of our FAVORITE restaurants. He was always nice to me. Prayers for strength and hope you can feel our love.

Ann and Dan Seefeldt

November 1, 2020

We got to know Jerry at Old Oakland. He was always kind and willing to help with anything we needed. I loved his smile and kind words. I went through a Cancer battle and Jerry always asked me how I was and his usual response was... "Well you're looking good" :-).

We will miss him terribly at OOGC. Love and prayers to his wife and family. He truly was a treasure and touched so many lives.

God bless,
Ann and Dan Seefeldt

Lynne Damer

November 1, 2020

We have known Jerry for over 25 years at Old Oakland. His smile and oh so unique sense of humor made every weekend such a joy at the golf course.

We will miss him dearly. A good man and a very special friend.

Rest In Peace and sending hugs to Sandy and the rest of the family.

Lynne & John Damer

Julie McCullough

November 1, 2020

We only knew Jerry from his drive past our yard on the cart path at Old Oakland. We truly enjoyed talking to him, laughing with him, and seeing his friendly smile and wave passing by.

I was sad to hear he was not well when we didn’t see him for awhile, and even more sad to hear of his passing.

He truly was one of a kind. Rest well our friend. We will forever miss you. Sending hugs to all his family.

Julie and Tim McCullough

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Biography

James Jerry Whitaker, age 82, of Indianapolis, Indiana passed away on Friday, October 23, 2020 surrounded by his family. Jerry was born April 5, 1938 in Indianapolis to John and Mary Helen Wilkerson Whitaker. He graduated from Tech High School in 1956. After high school Jerry heard the call to serve his county and he carried that call through his life. He joined the U.S. Marines in 1958 during the Korean War. Then in 1962 he joined the Air Force. After serving his county he joined the Indianapolis Fire Department and retired in 1986 as District Fire Chief. After retiring he joined the Lawrence Township Fire Department and was Fire Chief until 1998. Jerry also worked at Market Square Arena as Safety Director and with Deer Creek. He also worked at Hill Crest County Club, Winding Ridge Golf Course and Old Oakland Golf Course, where he make so many wonderful friends, he said "it wasn't a job, it was a joy!" Jerry was a member of Castleton United Methodist Church, Oaklandon Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, Murat Shrine and the American Legion. Jerry is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years Sandy Rayl Whitaker; his brothers Tim (Colleen) and John (Lauren); his children Robin (Cherie), Beth Ann (Rick); daughter-in-law Mary; grandchildren Ashley (Richard), Briana, Jerry (Gina), Mary, Joe, Sarah, Kait, and Colby; and great-grandchildren Fynn, Tinley, Maddy, Cooper, Everett and Reagan. Above all else, Jerry was a family man who was most proud of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Jerry is preceded in death by his son Jerry Allan. He rarely missed an opportunity to be at a sporting event, rodeo, Christmas program or musical that involved one of his family members. With his lawn chair and his caffeine-free diet coke in hand, he walked almost as many miles across baseball and softball diamonds as he did on the golf course. But no matter where he went, Jerry always ran into someone he knew and would stop to talk and share some piece of his unique sense of humor. His grandkids and great-grandkids will forever remember "the claw" as a signature Papaw move, also with "See this finger, see this thumb...." However, there was no humor in his voice when he offered his support encouragement, or love to any one of his family members. Each and every one knew that if they needed his help, he would be there for them.
A Celebration of Jerry's life will be held at a later date. Memorials in Jerry's name may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky or Hoosier Burn Camp or Survive Alive house. Service entrusted to Feeney-Hornak Shadeland Mortuary.
Jerry will always be remember for his two saying, "The bus is leaving...." and "Don't let the door hit you in the …."

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.feeneyhornakshadeland.com for the Whitaker family.

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