Obituary for Rawlins I. Whitaker

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Rawlins I. Whitaker

September 1, 1927 - October 23, 2017

Rawlins I. Whitaker, age 90, passed away peacefully Monday morning, October 23, 2017 at The Hearth at Stones Crossing in Greenwood. He was a lifelong resident of Morgantown.

Rawlins Irvin Whitaker was born September 1, 1927 in Morgantown, Indiana to Irvin and Naoma (Hiatt) Whitaker. He graduated from Morgantown High School in 1945 and attended Earlham College for one year, transferred to Indiana Central College, and graduated in 1952.  While he was a student at ICC, he worked for Delta Airlines as a baggage handler.

Rawlins taught business at Decatur Central High School for one year, and joined the family business, Whitaker Chevrolet in Morgantown. After his father retired, he maintained the family business for over 60 years, winning numerous sales awards. Eventually his son, David, joined the business, making 3 generations of service to the community. Rawlins remained involved in the family business until his health started to fail within the last few months.

He married Margaret Stanley on February 4, 1956 in Terre Haute, Indiana.  She preceded him in death on August 23, 2015 after 59 years of marriage.

Rawlins was a former member of the Morgantown Fire Department and served as Fire Chief while serving the town, the Masons, and the Morgantown Town Council.  Whitaker Field, located at the Morgantown Park, was named in his honor.  He was a lifelong member and former trustee of the Morgantown United Methodist Church. Rawlins also served on other various church committees.

He loved the “Shop” and the town of Morgantown.  Rawlins used to say that he didn’t go far in life since most of his life events, such as: graduation, work and home life, occurred on the same street.

Rawlins loved his scooter, mowing his property, cutting wood, and watching football. He was especially proud of his grandchildren. He is survived by his brother, Les (Marilyn) Whitaker of Clermont, Florida, his daughter, Susan (Chris) Parker of Morgantown, son David Whitaker of Morgantown, and grandchildren, Daniel Parker of Minneapolis, MN, Lara Parker of Los Angeles, CA, Rebecca Whitaker of Phoenix, Arizona, and Ethan Whitaker of Indianapolis, IN.

A special thanks goes to the staff at Aspen Trace, The Hearth at Stones Crossing, the staff of Paradigm Health Services and to Dr. Large.

The Rev. Ann Spahr will conduct a funeral service at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 28th at The Morgantown United Methodist Church: 20 East Washington Street in Morgantown. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, October 27th at Whitaker Auto: 30 West Washington Street in Morgantown. Burial will be at East Hill Cemetery in Morgantown. Funeral Arrangements have been entrusted to Meredith-Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center in Morgantown.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to the Morgantown United Methodist Church. 20 E. Washington Street, Morgantown, IN 46160.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Information:  (812) 597-4670



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Date: Friday, October 27, 2017

Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Whitaker Auto


30 West Washington Street, Morgantown, IN, 46160

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Service Information

Date: Saturday, October 28, 2017

Time: 10:30 am

Morgantown United Methodist Church


20 E. Washington St., Morgantown, IN, 46160

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Born: September 1, 1927
Died: October 23, 2017

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Stephanie Walker posted on 10/23/17

I remember seeing Mr. Whitaker sitting in his yard pulling up dandelions by their roots. It was the early '90s and my young family lived across the street. At first glance I was afraid he might have fallen, then I realized what he was doing and started to turn away from the window. Just then I saw a large German Shepherd making it's way over to him. It belonged to one of the other neighbors and must have gotten out while they were gone. I was afraid to see what was going to happen next. Much to my surprise, the biggest smile came across Rawlins' face. He got up on his knees and started petting on the big dog. The dog enjoyed the attention as much as he did. Mr. Whitaker turned into a young boy playing with his faithful dog right before my eyes. I will never forget that day or that genuine smile he was wearing. What a joy to behold. Rest in peace. You will be missed.


Bob Kaylor posted on 10/23/17

Prayers to all.


Norman and Sandy Stockton posted on 10/23/17

Rawlins will definitely be missed by all his friends in Morgantown. We are among the members of that group. Rest in peace, Friend.


Steve Gottlieb posted on 10/23/17

I will truly miss Mr. Whitaker he was always on top of it when someone came into the shop to see what was going on. He always took care of our family business(GMG Motors). May you RIP Mr. Whitaker you will truly be missed but not forgotten.


Lesa Lex posted on 10/24/17

David and Susan I am so sorry for your loss keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.


Gale Borders posted on 10/24/17

Every car my dad ever bought he bought from this man he always said "he was the most honest guy to buy a car from and he backed up everything he sold" A trait you don't find often he today's world. He did so many great things for the town of Morgantown (his wife included). He will truly be missed by many. My prayers are with his family & loved one's at this time.


Kate Barker posted on 10/29/17

Thanks Rawlins & Margaret...for the years of Sunday school class on your front porch, the Easter morning hot cross buns, the late night phone-in auto repair help-line (years after I’d moved away from Morgantown), & the times you rescued Mom & Dad when they were stranded on the side of the highway! Such great people. I’ll never forget them.


Raymond & Susan Young posted on 10/27/17

Sorry to hear about Rawlins. Our thoughts & prayers are with you during this time.