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Obituary: David Whipker, Columbus

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David M. Whipker, 86, of Columbus died Saturday, November 16, 2013 at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.

He was born February 5, 1927 in Bartholomew County, the son of the late Elmer and Beryl Talley Whipker. He married Erna M. Paswater June 25, 1950 at First Christian Church Chapel.

David graduated from Columbus High School in 1945 and was drafted into the Army. During his time in the Army, he was a staff sergeant and served in the Philippines. He retired after 42 years at Farmers Marketing Association, where he worked 10 years in the hatchery and 32 years as a petroleum driver. He was a 50 year member of the Farm Bureau.

He was a member of First Christian Church where he served as a deacon for 30 years. He was also a 10 year 4-H club member and a 4-H leader in Sandcreek and Columbus Township for 25 years.

David is survived by his daughters, Pamela (Scott) Pearson of Jackson, Georgia and Linda (Jeff) Reece, of Columbus; his grandchildren, Shelley Pearson of Newport Beach, California, Brad Pearson of Jackson, Georgia, Jennifer (David) Ryshavy of Indianapolis, and Julie Reece of Columbus; his brothers, Harry, Bennie, Elmer, and Alan (Karen) Whipker, all of Columbus; and his sisters, Margaret (Harold) Volland of Columbus and Elizabeth McKinney of Texas.

He is preceded in death by his parents, wife; and brothers, Hershel, Halford, Perry Don, and Paul Whipker.

Calling will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home. To honor his wishes, cremation is planned and a private inurnment will be at Garland Brook Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of South Central Indiana.

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