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Gary Lee Whiteaker, age 69, of Edina, MO died Saturday, April 14, 2012, in the Knox County Nursing Home at Edina, MO.

He was born on March 10, 1943, at Weldon, Iowa, the son of Pauline Amelia Whiteaker. As a young child Gary and his mother moved to Knox City, MO to live with his grandparents and his aunt Hazel Whiteaker. When he was two years old his mother died and he was raised by his aunt Hazel Whiteaker who raised him as her own.

Gary received his education at Knox City, MO. He served his country in the United States Air Force and while serving was given the job as a medic. His interest was always in journalism and while stationed in Fairbanks Alaska he worked at a radio station. After his discharge from the military and returning home, he went to work at WGEM in Quincy, IL, where he was a reporter and broadcaster from the news desk. At that time he also worked some hours at the radio station. He then worked all over the United States for other media companies in Florida, New Orleans, LA, Kansas City, MO, Iowa, California, Maryland, Kentucky, and Illinois. While working at a radio station in Danville, Illinois he met Charlene Scharf. They married in 1975, in Belleville, Illinois. To this union two sons were born, Matthew William and Michael Lee Whiteaker.

Gary owned and managed his own business in Belleville, which was involved in film production, public relations and journalism. In 1997, Gary moved to Edina to live with his Aunt Hazel. Since 2001, he has resided in the Knox County Nursing Home.

Gary is survived by his aunt who raised him, Hazel Whiteaker of Edina, MO, two sons, Matthew William Whiteaker and wife Ashley of Florida, Michael Lee Whiteaker and wife Jennifer of Bellville, IL, two grandchildren, Sophia Hope Whiteaker and Jack Whiteaker and several cousins.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, 2012, in the Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home in Edina, MO. Pastor Rick Barnes will officiate the services. Burial will be in the Bee Ridge Cemetery. Music will be provided by Audrey Hamlin, Leann Hamlin and Debbie Peters, vocalist and Ed Anderson organist. Casket bearers will be Kenny McKenzie, Bobby Pape, Steve Whiteaker, Bobby Whiteaker, Arthur Lee Whiteaker and Larry Davis. Honorary bearers will be Hillis Prather, Jim Eberle and Larry Walker.

Memorials may be made to the Edina Assembly of God Church or the Knox County Nursing Home. Memorials may be left at or mailed to Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1, Edina, MO 63537.