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“I'm very grateful to have met Ralph, he was a one of a kind person and certainly special to me and in my heart. He seemed to never grow tire of...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Don aka."Cincinnati" - Ashville, NC

“I just wanted to say my thoughts and prayers are with Ralph's family, my family has known him for years, Mr brother Wayne Anderson ,always spoke so...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: Donna Anderson Eaves - KY

“im so sorry kathy to hear about your dad he in good place now no more pain you see him some day our prayer and thought are with you at this time love...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: patti jones - andrew, IN

“My favorite Uncle and Dolls favorite brother will be very missed. Wish we could be with you. ”
4 of 14 | Posted by: Janet Schumacher Marshall - OH

“He was such a big part of our family and we sure will miss him.That face reminds me so much of Glen Whitaker his smile too he will be missed by so...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: Karen waugaman - Hammond, IN

“Bobby, Maggie, Jason, Jordan, and Travis Kitchens, So sorry to hear of your Dads' and Papas' passing. You're in our thoughts and prayers. We love...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: Ricky and Patty Belle

“My memory of Ralph will always be his wonderful smile and his love for everyone and the day I walked in his room and he looked at me a pointed to me...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: Renae Huck, NASR @ WKVC - KY

“Sending my condolences to all the family of sweet Ralphie Whitaker. He used to bug the snot outta me when I worked at MidTown. Couldnt ask for a...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: Rebecca (Huckleberry) Rowland

“Kathy and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Having lost my dad, I know your hearts are so heavy right now. I pray that the loving support...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: Darlene Sallee Robinson - KY

“I work for Geary bros.Ralph used to come by the mill all the time great man. Sorry for your loss. ”
10 of 14 | Posted by: Randy Davis - beaver dam, KY

“He will be sadly missed. ”
11 of 14 | Posted by: Carrie Wicks - Madisonville, KY

“kathy so sorry to hear about mr. ralph you know how i felt about you all he was always so nice to me always had to joke with me anywhere he saw me he...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: alln adcock - central city, KY

“Amber (Noffsinger) Tuttle & family. I'm so sorry for your loss. May God be with you during this difficult time. ”
13 of 14 | Posted by: Mandy Simmons - bremen, KY

“Amber, Brandon, & Family: Our thoughts and prayers are with you during your loss. ”
14 of 14 | Posted by: DamonLindaDillingham - Sacramento, KY

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MADISONVILLE - Ralph B. Whitaker, 85, of Madisonville, died Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 4:10PM at Western Kentucky 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 Kentucky Veterans Center. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Online condolences may be made at