In Memory of Doris Whitaker

Doris Whitaker
Doris Whitaker
Born: November 8, 1926
Died: November 14, 2018
Age: 92
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Doris Whitaker
November 8, 1926 - November 14, 2018
From: Nevada, IA

Doris Whitaker, age 92, of Nevada, Iowa, died Wednesday, November 14, 2018, at Story County Senior Care in Nevada.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on November 17, 2018, at Memorial Lutheran Church in Nevada, with Pastor Myron Herzberg officiating.  Visitation will begin at the church one hour prior to services.  Burial will follow in Lincoln Township Cemetery in Zearing. 

Born November 8, 1926, in Illinois Grove, Iowa, Doris Jean Whitaker was the daughter of Edgar and Wilma (Botts) Reed.  She married Charles R. Whitaker on March 16, 1942, in Missouri.  Doris and Charles had two children, Carol and Dennis. 

Doris was employed at Donnelley Marketing in Nevada for 25 years, then worked several years for the U.S. Census Bureau.  She took great pride in her home and was a wonderful cook.   Her outgoing personality was contagious and enabled her to form friendships easily.

Doris was a member of Memorial Lutheran Church, Questers, and Friendship Force of Iowa.  She enjoyed golfing at Indian Creek Country Club, her various bridge clubs, and traveling.

Survivors include two children, Carol Johnson of Winthrop, and Dennis (Susan) Whitaker of Nevada; three grandchildren, Michael (Diane) Johnson, Denise (Stan) Reed, and Jill (Tadd) Whitaker Griffith; four great-grandchildren, Carlie Myers, Breanne Pink, and Katie and Grace Reed; and two great-great-grandchildren, Caden and McCoy Pink.  She is also survived by a sister, Barbara Trombley of Soldotna, AK; as well as nieces, nephews, and other extended family members.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; and a brother, Wayne Reed.

Ryan Funeral Home of Nevada has been entrusted with the care of Doris and her family.


Monday, November 19, 2018 at 9:04 AM
“My sincere sympathy on your loss. Doris was a great lady. Did so much for many. A blessing in Nevada for sure. ”
- Phyllis Valline Clark
Friday, November 16, 2018 at 10:37 AM
“Doris was one of the first people I met when I joined Memorial. She made a point of getting to know us as a young couple. She was an amazing person who helped people get the help they needed before anyone even thought of a Harmony Clothing Closet. She lived a life well done. Blessed to have known her. ”
- Juli Tanner
Friday, November 16, 2018 at 10:37 AM
“Doris was a good friend and we will miss her smile and friendship. Love Jim and Clare”
- JIm and Clare Frevert
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11:00 a.m.
Saturday, November 17, 2018
Memorial Lutheran Church
Nevada, IA


Pastor Myron Herzberg


Mike Johnson
Glen Miller
Tadd Griffith
Todd Griffith
Duc Huynh
Thunh Huynh
Dennis Anderson


One hour prior to services
Saturday, November 17, 2018
Memorial Lutheran Church
Nevada, IA


Lincoln Township Cemetery
Zearing, IA