William D. Whitaker

William Dennis Whitaker, of Eaton Rapids, passed away December 5, 2020 at the age of 50. Bill was born in Eaton Rapids, March 21, 1970, the son of William Axley and Claudia (Hasty) Whitaker. He graduated from Eaton Rapids High School in 1988 where he played football, earning first team all-league as a nose guard and was also an undefeated wrestler as a freshman. Shortly after graduating from high school, he began working with Spartan Motors where he would continue to work for 29 years. Bill was experienced, knowledgeable and very well respected by his co-workers. He was the kind of guy that could be put in any position and excel. Bill was a member of the Missaukee Conservation Club and the Poker Nuts Poker League. He enjoyed playing Texas Hold ‘Em, pool, going to the casino, and hunting. Being a Ford man, he also enjoyed motorcycles and car shows. Bill first and foremost had a great love for his family and his precious daughter, Stacie, who he spoiled with love every day of her life. The time they all spent at the family home in Lake City will hold precious memories for years to come.
Bill is survived by his mother, Claudia; daughter, Stacie Whitaker of Lansing; sister, Shelley Dutzy of Warren; brothers, Kevin (Jenni) Whitaker of Texas, Michael Whitaker of Eaton Rapids, Steven (Dawn) Whitaker of Eaton Rapids; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Axley; brother-in-law, Gene Dutzy and his beloved 22-year-old dog, Rally.
The family will hold private funeral services at the Mills Funeral Home, Shelly-Odell Chappel in Eaton Rapids. For those who would like to view Bill’s funeral, it will be posted on his obituary page with the funeral home after Dec. 12, 2020. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to Hospice House of Mid-Michigan. To place online condolences, please visit millsfuneral.com.