Robert Odell Whitaker, age 75, passed away at 2:19 pm, Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at Landmark Hospital, Joplin, MO following an illness. Mr. Whitaker was born April 10, 1937 in Tulsa, OK. His parents were John and Kate (McHenry) Whitaker. He had lived in Colcord since age 17. He served in the U S Army from 1960 1962 and was stationed in Germany for a period of time. He worked as an auto repairman. He was of the Baptist faith. He enjoyed Gardening, fishing, and squirrel hunting. Robert was married to Betty Bernice Sutton on June 29, 1963 in Siloam Springs, AR. She survives. Additional survivors include 4 sons, Jimmy Whitaker, Sperry, OK, Ricky Whitaker, Van Buren, AR, Edwin Whitaker, Tulsa, OK, and Dennis Whitaker, Colcord, OK; one daughter, Frances Zacher, Anderson, MO; one brother, Johnny Whitaker, Tulsa, OK, one sister, Marge McGuire, Claremore, OK, and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. The body was taken for cremation under the care of Derfelt Funeral Home, Galena, KS. The family plans to have a private graveside service at a later date.