Robert Whitacre 1936-2021

WARREN — Robert “Woody” Whitacre, 84, beloved husband, father and friend, was carried home on the shoulders of angels Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, after a brief battle with coronavirus.

Robert was born March 8, 1936, in Barnesville, Ohio, to Willbur M. and Hazel E. McFadyen Whitacre.

He is survived by the love of his life, his current wife, Rosemary Taylor, whom he married in 2019; his brother, William; son, George W. and wife, Gretchen L. Whitacre; stepdaughter, Frances Taylor Rister and her husband, Jason; grandchildren, Sheila D. and husband, Damien Carmella, Ian L., Jade M. (Wirick) and Madison R; great-grandchildren, Vincent, Anthony, Sean, Gianna, Rocco and Alyson; sisters-in-law, Janice True and Wanda Keenan; brother-in-law, Harold Orndorff; daughter-in-law, Kim; and many nieces and nephews.

Robert was preceded in death by both of his parents; brothers, John, Charles, Alfred and Thomas; and sister, Rosemary; his first wife, Phyliss Orndorff Whitacre; and subsequent girlfriend, Shirley DeChristofaro.

The book of Robert’s life is a long one comprising many chapters. Through these chapters, filled with adventure, love and service to others, Robert touched many hearts and many lives.

Robert served his country abroad as a member of the U.S. Air Force, serving as a “Blue Nose” at Thule Air Base, Greenland. After returning home from the service, he worked for Nickles Bakery and Carlon Plastics before finally settling in at General Motors at Lordstown, from which he retired after many years.

In his free time and after retirement, Robert became an accomplished musician, playing bagpipes for a local pipe and drum corps and continued his lifetime of service, performing with the corps for funerals and private events. Robert was involved in various local social and service organizations; he was a 32nd Degree Mason (Shriner) with the Cortland Lodge. Robert was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing, boating, camping, gardening, and anything else that got him out into nature.

Robert was an avid card player and frequented the card tables at the Howland and Niles SCOPE centers, as well as other venues. Robert was also a member of Braceville Christian Church.

In consideration of the worldwide pandemic, a public memorial service or celebration of life will be scheduled for a later date.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the James Funeral Home, 8 E. Broad St., Newton Falls, OH 44444, 330-872-5440.

Family and friends may this obituary online or to send condolences to the family, please visit us at www.jamesfuneralhomeinc.com.

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