Steven D. Whitaker

Born: Sun., Apr. 30, 1950
Died: Wed., Nov. 21, 2007

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Tell City, Indiana

Steven D. Whitaker, 57, of Tell City, passed away late Wednesday, November 21, 2007 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

Steve was born on April 30, 1950 in Crawfordsville, Indiana, son of the late Robert S. Whitaker and Thelma Morgan Whitaker. Steve was a 1968 graduate of Lafayette Jefferson High School in Lafayette, Indiana. He was a 1972 graduate of Indiana State University with a bachelor's degree in Marketing and Distributive Education. He later earned his Master's degree in education at Indiana University. He was united in marriage in Tell City on July 29, 1978 to the former Stephanie Kraus, who survives. Steve became a teacher in the Tell City-Troy Township School Corporation in 1975 where he remained for over thirty years until his retirement in 2005. He taught several classes while serving as assistant football coach. He later became head football coach for four years and also served as head coach for girl's basketball and coached girl's softball for many years. Steve was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, Hoosier Heights Country Club and St. Paul Catholic Church. He enjoyed golf, reading, gardening, bird hunting and playing his guitar. Steve was a Jimmy Buffett fan and looked forward to trips to Key West to go deep sea fishing.

Steve is survived by his wife of 29 years, Stephanie Kraus Whitaker

One daughter, Morgan Whitaker, a student at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana

Two sisters, Debbie Moore, North Richland Hills, Texas

Sue Whitaker, Lafayette, Indiana

His father and mother-in-law, Louie and Suzanne Kraus, Tell City, Indiana

One brother-in-law, Greg Kraus and his wife, Barbara , Terre Haute, Indiana

Two sisters-in-law, Gretchen Durbin and her husband, Daniel, Louisville, Kentucky

Dr. Sarah Roberts and her husband, Philip, Alpharetta, Georgia

Several nieces and nephews

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM CST Monday, November 26, 2007 at St. Paul Catholic Church in Tell City, with Rev. Barnabas Gillespie O.S.B. officiating. Visitation is from 2:00 - 7:00 PM Sunday and 8:00 - 10:30 AM Monday at Huber Funeral Home, 1139 12th Street, Tell City, Indiana where a parish prayer service will he held at 6:30 PM Sunday.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Tell City High School Athletic Fund or the Kidney Cancer Association.

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Maria Sweat
  
I am so sorry about your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Aaron Weatherholt
  

Aaron Weatherholt
  
Our thoughts and prayers are still with you. Coach had a great influence on my life, not only from a football standpoint, but in life in general. Every day at practice, he would ask if we told our mothers we loved them, if you didn't you couldn't lie to him because he would know. He was a good man. Coach had a very unique way of showing how much he cared for you, I don't think many people understood that, but the ones who knew had no doubt. I consider it a blessing to have had the chance to play for him, and know him. He will surely be missed. God Bless. Aaron & Tricia Weatherholt & Family

Krista Blunk
  

Krista Blunk
  
Dear Stephanie and Morgan, I am deeply sorry for your loss and that I will not be able to be there in person. I cannot tell you how much Coach meant to me and the impact he made in my life. He worked hard to help me become a better athlete, and it was his effort that created scholarship opportunities for me. For these and other reasons, I am grateful. The thought of Coach will always make me smile. There are many funny stories. This is one of my favorites. It was a snowy night and practice had just finished. As I headed out the door, Coach yelled that I better not leave. The reason, I like most kids then had my sweats pushed up. He insisted I cover my legs to not catch cold. The typical teen, I told him I was fine and ran out. Next day at practice he had not forgotten. My punishment, I was made to run laps while the team practiced. Mad with every lap, but I couldn't stay mad. After practice, I pulled my tube socks up to cover my legs and pulled my sweats up. As I left I yelled to him I wasn't going to pull my sweats down. He turned and saw what I did. We both laughed and he shook his head. I will share more when I visit sometime. Morgan, I remember when you were born and it softened your dad and made our practices easier. Thank you! Stephanie, were such a big part of why we were successful. Your suuport and understanding of late practices did not go unnoticed. Thank you! He loved you both very much, this I know. I will miss him incredibly and loved him very much. You are in my thoughts. Love, Krista

Paul Stroud
  

Paul Stroud
  

Paul Stroud
  
Stephanie and Morgan, My family and I are so sorry to learn of the passing of Steve. He was a friend and one of the finest people I ever met while attending Indiana State. He was certainly blessed to have such a wonderful family. I really regret that we could not get together more often. I know that Steve touched many young lives, and he will be forever missed by all of us. Out thoughts and prayers go out to your entire family, and may God bless you all. Paul, Kathy, Lindsay, Lance Stroud

Valerie Franchville
  

Valerie Franchville
  
My condolences to the family of Steve. I played basketball under him for 4 yrs 1986-1990. I thought a lot of Steve even after high school when we kept in touch. He was a good guy and fought a hard battle and now is in peace. Sending prayers, Valerie Franchville

Beth Van Hoosier
  
I remember Mr. Whitaker when he first came to Tell City High School. I graduated in 1976. He was my commercial math teacher. I had a pretty bad wreck my senior year and he came to the hospital to visit me. I remember when he came in to my hospital room ,I was standing up and mom was brushing my hair and I just had my nightgown on . He came in and acted so flustered and turned to walk back out and I said , no , come on in, glad you came. So , he came back in , you could tell he was embarrassed. But, I was so glad to see him and know he cared enought to come to the hospital to see me. I am very sorry for your loss and hope all the good memories help keep him close to your hearts. Beth Van Hoosier

Debra Emerson
  

Diane Kraus
  
Dear Stephanie & Morgan: I know that I only met Steve a couple of times but through my sister, Debra, I know that he was very loved and admired. I am so sorry for your loss and you will both be in my prayers. Diane

Debra Emerson
  
Dear Stephanie and Morgan, My heart hurts for you both. I am so sorry. Aunt Mary and I were reminiscing this morning about the time when she and I went out to eat at Capers on a Friday night and Stephanie and Steve were also there having dinner. When it came time to pay, we asked for our bill and the waitress told us that Steve had already paid it. We laughed, and Aunt Mary kept saying, "Oh that stinker!" with a big grin on her face. I have a feeling that Steve often did things that brought a smile to other's faces. I am praying for you. Love, Debbie

Deena Nystrom
  
I was so saddened to hear about Steve. He was so warm and friendly at Uncle Bob's Memorial Party at my house. He really wanted all of us "cousins" to get together, and I regret that I didn't make it happen. I would have gone to any Jimmy Buffett concert with him.....in heaven someday! My family is so very sorry for your loss.

Leanne Sprinkle
  

Tari Pasquale
  
Steve was my Lafayette Jeff boyfriend in 1967. We share alot of fun memories of playing cards with my family at the lake. He was very close to my Dad and even was a pall-bearer when he died in 98. He was still very caring to my Mom and was even planning to see her this Christmas. Just the few contacts we have had since high school, I know Steve loved Stephanie and Morgan with all his heart. May they remember the good times with him. I am so sorry I will not make the trip to Tell City even though I know he would have done it for me. I hope he didn't suffer in the end. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Tari

Debbie Moore
  

Amy Hawkins
  

Brandy Bradford
  

Mark Luecke
  
Dear Stephanie and Morgan, Just wanted to let you know I am thinking of your family in this time of loss. Steve was a teacher of mine ,one I will never forget. He treated me like I was one of his own always talking to me about my future. I can't imagine what your family is going through. Please find comfort in knowing that myself and my family will be praying for all of you during this time of loss. It's a sad day. God Bless, Mark Luecke

Barry Hammack
  

Chad Buckman
  
Coach Whitaker taught me how to accomplish things when times were tough and to persevere in the face of adversity. He was tough on me and expected the best of me on the football field. My fondest memory is when he personally told me that I had received all-conference recognition. I could tell that he was proud of me for my hard work. I will always remember Coach Whiatker as someone that I have admiration and the utmost respect for. He was truly an inspiration and leader to me. Admiringly, Chad Buckman TE #83 Class of 1990

Emily Lieb
  
I was so sorry to hear that Mr. Whitaker had recently passed away. Take comfort in the fact that he touched so many lives and will be so greatly missed! Your family will be in my thoughts- Emily Huber Lieb

Becky Yadack
  
Stephanie, Sorry to hear about Steve. I know I haven't seen you for several years, but everyone in Tell City is still very special to me. I hope your family and friends will help you remember the good times with your husband and maybe make the coming days and weeks a little easier for you. You will be in my thought and prayers in the coming days. Becky Smith Yadack

Courtney (Busse) James
  
I am so sorry for your loss. It has been many years since I have seen Coach Whitaker but I'll always remember him as a smiling, funny, happy guy. I am thinking of you and I hope your sorrow fades quickly.

James Logsdon, Jr
  
Coach Whitaker was and will remain one the finest men I have had the pleasure of meeting. It didn't matter if it was in the classroom or on the field he was always setting a prime example and I owe much of my success as a player, student, and most importantly as a man to him. My wife and I send you are condolences. Jimmy and Heather Logsdon

Angela Arnold
  

Tom & Roberta Ress
  
Stephanie & Family- We were so sorry to hear about Steve. I knew he had been ill but I was still surprised to hear the news. We will be thinking of you and you will be in our prayers. Tom

april brickey (sutton)
  

april brickey
  
Steve,will be sadly missed .I will miss his great smile and sense of humor.You have my sympathy Stephanie AND Morgan.

Natalie Cortelloni (Gilliland)
  
I am very sorry for your loss. He was a great teacher. He would always talk about King Steve's island with the mango trees. He also had Jimmy Buffet bonus questions on the Consumer Economics tests. He was so happy that he was going to retire with the graduating class of 2005. I will never forget him in my life. Again, I am sorry for your loss.

Dana Dickman-Petri
  

Dana Dickman-Petri
  
Stephanie & Morgan, I am so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers, and I will always remember the constant IU/PU battle that went on between me and Steve. I still have a card he made for me in HS...a Purdue bird pooping on an IU player's head! He will be missed! Take care. Dana

Bob & Cathy Schaefer
  
Stephanie, We were so sorry to learn of the loss of Steve - I (Cathy) work in dialysis centers & "kidney patients" have a special hold of my heart - Marcella said that she had never seen so many people at a funeral home - I know he touched a lot of lives with his students - his memory will live on in their accomplishments - thoughts & prayers.

Tim and Susn Remke
  

Tim and Susan Remke
  
Steve was a great person and the many children and adults he has touched with his kindness throughout his involvement with Tell City students and community programs will continually remind us all of his wonderful contributions he made to Perry County. Our family's thoughts and prayers are with Stephanie and Morgan. The Remke Family: Tim, Susan, Ryan and Rhett Baumeister.

Dave Chamberlain
  
Our years in college were few, but the memories of the good times as fraternity brothers and students at Indiana State University are many. God Bless Dave Oil Can Chamberlain

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