obit whitakerMUHLENBERG COUNTY, Ky. - Ralph B. Whitaker, 85, of Madisonville, KY passed away Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 4:10PM at Western KY Veterans Center in Hanson. Mr. Whitaker was born July 20, 1927 in Downs, Illinois. He was a retired welder, farmer, and coal miner, and was a member of Souls Harbor Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran, and enjoyed fishing and woodworking.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Van Buren and Geneva Whitaker; sons Roy Wayne Kitchens and Wallace Ray Whitaker; and wife Wilma June Whitaker.

Survivors include his daughters, Kathy Walker of Madisonville, Becky (Keith) Noffsinger of Central City, and Marilyn Burden of Island; sons Bobby (Maggi) Kitchens of DeLand, FL and John (Michele) Whitaker of Evansville, IN; fifteen grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren with one expected in December; and sister Doll Shumacher.

Funeral services will be Friday, May 17, 2013 at 1:00PM at Tucker Funeral Home in Central City, with Rev. Bill Crabtree officiating, assisted by Rev. Gary Taylor. Burial in New Hope Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday after 5:00PM at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Western KY Veterans Center. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Online condolences may be made at www.tuckerfuneralhomes.com.

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