Glen LeRoy Whittaker
Glen LeRoy Whittaker was born May 22, 1928 and went to be with the Lord on October 29, 2013.
Services for Glen will be Tuesday, November 5, at 10:00 A.M. at the Bridgeport Church of Christ with Pastor Jonathan Seng officiating. Interment will be at 3:30 P.M. (C.S.T.) at the Morning View Cemetery at Wallace, Nebraska. Memorials in Glen's name may be made to the Alzheimer's Association. Friends who wish may call from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Monday at the Jolliffe Funeral Home in Bridgeport. His obituary may be viewed online at www.jolliffefuneralhome.com where online condolences may be left.
Glen's parents were Keith Whittaker and Florence (Thomas) Whittaker. Their family, including four other children, Kenneth, Patricia, Hellen and Ilene, lived and farmed near Wallace, Nebraska.
Glen and his first wife Darlene Grams married in 1948, had two children, Randall and Glenda, and lived in Colorado for several years. He married Shirley Logsdon in 1968 and moved back to Nebraska in 1972, settling east of Bayard. Shirley passed away in 1991. He has been married to Joyce (Blome) Varah Whittaker since 1992.
He was the Valley Farrier for many years near Bayard and said he learned the art of horse shoeing from his father at a very early age. It was something he enjoyed doing so much that he wanted to set the record for being the oldest active farrier. He was proud to have been a member of the Morrill County Sheriff's Posse and was involved in the Bridgeport Saddle Club and rodeos. Glen loved music and played guitar, sang and yodeled, and was also an avid square dancer. He and step-daughter-in-law, Kay Varah, could be seen at area parades in the covered wagon hitched to his Belgian team. Even when his memory was eventually clouded by Alzheimer's, he could retell childhood stories of his family gathered around the piano, working together on the farm and about how much he loved his Mom and Dad. Glen was a gentle man with horses and dogs and kids, believed in God and enjoyed being with family and friends. Now he is singing 'beyond the sunset'.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce; son, Randall (Barb Seiberling) Whittaker; daughter, Glenda (Clarke) Campbell; grandsons Sean (Jenny) Whittaker and Keith (Trisha) Whittaker; step-children Ramona (Dan) Vinton, Rick Cleveland, Cheryl Lenox, Shelly (Joe) Newkirk, Kirk (Kay) Varah, Jack (Mary Jo) Varah; step-grandchildren and great grandchildren; sisters Ilene Thompkins and Hellen Rogers, both of Colorado. He was preceded in death by his second wife, parents, brother Kenneth, sister Patricia, and brother Ralph and sister Geneva in infancy.
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