Whitaker, Allison “Al”, 85, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Feb. 29, 2020. Al was born and raised in Arkansas City, Kansas to his parents Lee and Frances Whitaker. Al loved his Lord and Savior. Al attended Arkansas City High School was an accomplished trombone player with the High School band, he graduated from there in 1953. Al married the love of his life, Janice on February 15, 1956. Of this union, two daughters were born, Karen and Carolyn.
Al attended Wichita University and obtained his bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education in 1961. Al went onto Emporia State University and obtained his Master’s degree in Elementary Education in 1967. Al taught in the Kansas public schools for a total of 38 years, and touched countless lives of his students. He taught at Little River, Enterprise, Payne, Knight, McCormick, Sim, Cleveland and finally retired from Kelly Elementary.
During the time he taught, he took his family on trips across the United States to not only visit family, but to visit different Historic landmarks, National Parks, and amusement parks. He took his family camping and fishing with friends. After retirement, he still was actively camping and fishing and traveling to all 50 states in the US. He and Janice visited 40 different countries outside of the US. Al was a member of ACAP.
Al loved music and shared his love of music with his daughters and also by singing with several organizations in Wichita during his lifetime. He was also a member of Central Community Church Choir. He was a member of the Motivator’s Sunday School Class at Central Community Church.
Al was a member of the Albert Pike lodge in Wichita, he also was a member of the Scottish Rite Temple. He received his KCCH from there.
Al had a sense of humor and loved a good joke. He loved eating out and visiting with friends and family. He also enjoyed playing games with his friends. He loved going to the WSU basketball games with friends to cheer them on and was a season ticket holder for many years. He was an avid sports fan watching various levels of baseball, basketball and football.
Al loved being with his family and going on adventures with them. He instilled the love of learning and never giving up with his girls and grandchildren. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He will be greatly missed by all, but forever in our hearts.
Visitation will be from 6-8 pm, Tuesday at Broadway Mortuary with Funeral Service at 10 am, Wednesday at Central Community Church Chapel. He was preceded in death by parents, Lee and Frances Whitaker. Survivors include loving wife, Janice; daughters, Karen (Michael Sr.) Oak and Carolyn (Dale) Jones; grandchildren, Kathryn (Charles) Peek, Emily (Jonathan) Grundman, and Dr. Daniel Jones; and great-grandchildren, Cameron Peek and Jacob Grundman. Memorials to: Central Community Church Kids Camp Fund. Services by Broadway Mortuary.