Traverse City Record-Eagle

December 19, 2012

Robert B. Whittaker


TRAVERSE CITY — Robert B. Whittaker, formerly of Midland, died Dec. 16, 2012, at Orchard Creek Supportive Care in Traverse City at the age of 92. He was born to Harry and Therese Whittaker in Boston, Mass., on Jan. 3, 1920.

Robert attended school in Boston and then graduated from the University of Michigan.

He served in the U.S. Army for three years during World War II in Europe in the infantry and in the medics.

He then graduated from Northeastern University Law School in Boston.

Bob practiced law in Midland from 1952 to 2002. He served as Midland County Public Administrator for many years.

He was on the board of Peterson School for handicapped children.

Robert was a member of the Elks, American Legion, State Bar of Michigan and the Mason's Scottish Rite.

Bob spent happy hours golfing, sailing, playing tennis and skiing.

He moved to Traverse City for retirement after selling his partnership in the Midland Holiday Inn.

He was predeceased by his parents; sister, Doris Teras; brother, Donald Whittaker; stepson, Daniel Chalup; daughter-in-law, Mary Kate Chalup; and son-in-law, Rick Trzaska.

Robert is survived by his wife, Erma, of Traverse City; son, David (Kimberly) Whittaker, of Minnesota; daughter, Marcia Trzaska, of New York; daughter, Susan Whittaker, of California; son, Thomas Whittaker, of Midland; stepson, Jeffrey Chalup, of Empire; eight grandsons; five granddaughters; and six great-grandchildren.

Cremation has taken place.

Memorial services will take place at a later date in Midland with date and time to be announced.

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Arrangements were made with the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.