I very much regret this huge loss and feeling the pain his family are going through, I want to share the hope that very soon "will be a resurrection from God", as the Bible tells us in Acts 24:15. Courage and strength to all your family at this painful time. www.JW.org
—Gerardo, Kissimmee, FL
Michael Thomas Whitaker, age 65, of Houston died Saturday, March 21, 2015, after a 7-year battle with metastatic thyroid cancer. Mike was born to Thomas and Betty Whitaker on July, 21, 1949 in Waukegan, Illinois. The eldest of 6 siblings, he graduated from Waukegan High School in 1967. He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on a scholarship, graduating in 1972 with Bachelors and Masters Degrees in chemical engineering. Mike was an accomplished and well respected process engineer.
He began his career at The Badger Company in Cambridge, MA, and subsequently held positions at GE Plastics in Pittsfield, MA, Union Carbide in So. Charleston, WV, Celanese in Pampa, TX, and Foster Wheeler in Reading, England, before he settled in Houston in 2006, working first for KBR and then CB&I. Mike was an enthusiastic engineer, always fond of the math, design, and camaraderie of his work. He was an avid gardener, a passionate Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots fan, and enjoyed traveling near and far with his wife and spending time with his family
He leaves his loving wife of 41 years, Karen (nee Rosbicki), originally of Dedham, MA; children, Amy Whitaker and husband, Jody Gibson, of Houston, Kimberly Tamber and husband, Gurinder, of Washington, DC, and Michael Whitaker, Jr. of Breckenridge, CO; granddaughters, Camille and Clarissa Tamber; brothers, David Whitaker (Linda) of Tinley Park, IL, Daniel Whitaker (Jacqueline) of Palatine, IL, and Tracy Whitaker (Natalie) of Pleasant Prairie, WI; sisters, Terri Buseman (Greg) of Chicago, IL and Ellen Mackie (Tony) of Lindenhurst, IL; and many nieces and nephews.
Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from five o’clock in the afternoon until eight o’clock in the evening on Thursday, March 26, at The Bradshaw-Carter Home, 1734 W. Alabama Street in Houston, 77098.
The Funeral Mass will commence at two o’clock in the afternoon on Friday, March 27, at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 1111 St. Joseph Parkway in Houston, 77002. Interment will follow at Glenwood Cemetery in Houston, 2525 Washington Ave.
Gifts in Mike’s memory may be directed to the Houston Food Bank, 535 Portwall St., Houston, TX 77029; or to Catholic Charities, 2900 Louisiana St., Houston, TX 77006.