Theodore "Ted" Robert Whitaker

May 12, 1959April 3, 2018

Ted R. Whitaker (Teddy Bear), 58, died April 3rd 2018 at his home in McLoud, OK. Ted was born on May 12th, 1959 in Kansas City, MO to Paul and Sharon Whitaker.

Ted was a loving husband, father, and Papa. Family was always his top priority, and he always put everyone selflessly before himself. He held strong to his faith, love for God, and working in Native American ministry.

He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Carolyn Whitaker; Children Adam, Lucas, Heather, and son-in- law Jon; Grandchildren Ashton, Asher, Lily, Zoe, and Layla. Siblings Drew, Ed, Margaret, Beth, Steve and wife Sandy, and John and wife Jaye.

His memorial service will be on Friday, April 6th at 1 pm. It will be held at First Indian Baptist located on the corner of Minnesota and Darrow in Shawnee, OK. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Native American LINK, Inc. (Living in Neighborly Kindness) at P.O. Box 470974, Tulsa, OK 74147 or FONAC (Fellowships of Native American Christians) at P.O. Box 1691, Pembroke, NC 28372.


  • The Native American LINK, Inc. (Living in Neighborly Kindness)
  • FONAC (Fellowships of Native American Christians)


  • Memorial Service Friday, April 6, 2018

Theodore "Ted" Robert Whitaker

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Loretta Denny

April 5, 2018

My first encounter with the Whittaker family was many many years ago when they came to MSW Convention. Paul had met my dad & became interested in "Indian work". They came every summer & we always looked forward to their visits. Ted as well as his siblings were young. As kids we all played together. They became like brothers & sisters to us. They soon moved to Oklahoma & began working among the Native churches. I lost track of some of them but was glad when I heard he was at FIB Shawnee. Ted will truely be missed. My sincere condolence to Carolyn & family.

Ira & Stephanie Walker

April 5, 2018

I think of Ted and think of our VBS at Wewoka Baptist. No matter how hot it was outside he was always holding a kid or had one hanging onto him. My daughter Aniyah and nephews Acyn & Troy just loved him. All we heard about that week was Miss Carolyn and Mr. Ted😊 He will be missed and our prayers are with Carolyn & family.

The Ward Family

April 3, 2018

Even though I didn't know Theodore personally, I just wanted to give my most heartfelt sympathy to all of his family. May you find comfort in your special memories. True, remembering those times may be painful at first, but in time, those memories will help you to heal. So, while grief at the loss of your dear Theodore is certainly great, the joy you will have at welcoming him back in the resurrection will be so much greater! Yes, there will be a time when you can see your loved ones who have died again. In the Bible, John 5:28 says “Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.” Also, Psalms 37:29 says “The righteous will possess the earth, and they will live forever on it.” How comforting to know that Theodore is only resting, just sleeping in death, waiting to be resurrected on earth, by God and finally see all those that he loved, again. May you also find comfort in this scripture, God “will swallow up death forever, [He] will wipe away the tears from all faces.” (Isaiah 25:8) Can you see with your mind’s eye: death will be completely gone, living forever on a paradise earth and never having to live without our loved ones ever again. With Deepest Sympathy,
The Ward Family
More comforting scriptures... (Revelation 21:4) (1 Peter 5:7)