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Willis Carter "Bill" Whitaker

January 3, 1953 ~ March 17, 2022 (age 69)

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His Story

Willis Carter Whitaker 69 passed away peacefully surrounded by his family, on March 17, 2022, at 9:11 P.M. at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas.   Bill was born on January 3,1953, in Kansas City, Missouri to Willis Whitaker Sr. and Mary Louise Whitaker. Bill grew up in Overland Park, Kansas, He graduated from Shawnee Mission North High School in Overland Park, Kansas in 1971.  As a teenager Bill worked on the family dairy farm.  Later on, Bill was one of the early pioneers in the concrete pumping industry in and around the Kansas City area.

Bill and Mary's youngest son James Christopher Whitaker, "Jimmy" suddenly passed on at age 18.  Jimmy's passing and God inspired Bill to become the founder of the youth ministry program "Jimmy’s Fishing Ministries" in which Bill volunteered and mentored.  Bill shared many first-time fishing adventures with the young people involved in the ministry program.

Bill attended Crossroads Christian Church.  Bill became a minister at Stephen’s Ministries and volunteered himself at KU Medical Center.

Bill enjoyed life and nature by hunting, fishing, boating, grilling, being an avid marksman, and a lifelong biker.  Bill had a passion for being a papa, and spending time with his family.  Bill was a stage four Head and Neck cancer survivor!

Bill shared 50 indelible years of marriage with his wife and best friend, Mrs. Mary Beth Whitaker. 

Bill was preceded in death by his youngest son, James Christopher Whitaker; his father Willis Whitaker Sr.; and mother, Mary Louise Whitaker.

Bill is survived by his wife, Mary Whitaker; eldest son, Billy Whitaker; daughter, Leslee Nix; and their spouses; grandchildren: James, Evan, Collin, Sadee, Lorenzo, Maria, Liam, Emma, Mya, and Steven; great-grandchildren: Darius, Axel, Bella, River, Marylin, Lorelai, and Charlie Carter; siblings: Susan Brown, Ann Whitaker, Kathy Brock, Curtis Wade, and their spouses; Bill is survived as an Uncle by many nieces, nephews, great nieces, and nephews as well as cousins.

Bill was a loving soul and provided abounding stories, smiles, and memories to all that knew him.

 The family asks that in lieu of flowers that you remember the happy memories of Bill, and to love
one another!


Sing praises to the LORD who reigns in Jerusalem. Tell the world about his unforgettable deeds.
For he who avenges murder cares for the helpless. He does not ignore the cries of those who
Psalms 9:11-12 NLT

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Graveside Service
March 27, 2022

2:00 PM
Floral Hills Cemetery
7000 Blue Ridge Blvd

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