MARION — Lee R. Whitaker, 72, formerly of Peoria, passed away Friday, March 13, 2020, in Marion.
Lee was born April 13, 1947, to Roy and Reva (Brassfield) Whitaker in Peoria.
He was married to Beverly (Black) Whitaker, who was the love of his life.
Lee attended Woodruff High School and graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in physical education. He worked as a machinist for more than 30 years at Caterpillar, retiring in 2003. Lee spent many years coaching youth sports in Peoria Heights, Peoria and Dunlap.
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He was an avid hunter and fisherman, who enjoyed spending time outdoors with his sons, grandchildren, and friends.
Lee was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.
He is survived by his children, Natalie Wilson (Paul), Stuart Whitaker (Jennifer) and Heath Whitaker; his stepdaughters, Karen Shaul (Barry) and Candice Collins (Bryan). Lee is also survived by two sisters, Malieta King and Sara Partridge. Lee had 12 grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A family memorial service will be at a later date.
Murman and Wilson Funeral Home in Johnston City is in charge of arrangements.
To sign the guest register or for more information, visit www.murmanandwilson.com.
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