Obituary of Robert Whittenburg (1937 – 2021) – Michigan City, IN


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Robert “Captain Whitt” Whittenburg, 84, of Michigan City passed away peacefully at 10:50 am on Friday, December 24, 2021, at his home.

He was born on January 31, 1937 in Sikeston, Missouri, to Ralph and Bertha (Mattingly) Whittenburg.

Robert worked as a captain at Indiana State Prison in Michigan City for 40 years. He was a member of the Springville Community Church at La Porte. Robert was a family oriented man and a proud husband and father. He built the house they lived in as well as his wife’s home beauty salon. Robert received the Wabash Prize from the Governor of Indiana. He was very dedicated to foster parenting and had fostered 42 children over the past 20 years. He had adopted some of the children as his own.

On July 1, 1967, in South Bend, Indiana, he married his wife, Judith “Judy” (Sharrer) Whittenburg, who was predeceased in death on October 9, 2017.

Also preceding in death were his parents; and his best friend for over 40 years, Rick O’Donnell.

Her nine children survive, Tisha Stott of Carmel, Indiana, Dana Curtis of Michigan City, Brett Whittenburg of Michigan City, Ryan (Katie O’Leary) Whittenburg of Michigan City, Cherokee Whittenburg of Michigan City, Savannah Whittenburg of Michigan City, Madison Whittenburg of South Bend, Seth (Brie) Wilhelm of La Porte and Ruby Martin of Michigan City; one sister, Janice (Michael) Shock of Branson, Missouri; 15 grandchildren, Lilly, Hazel, Jordan, Hailey, Serenity, Avery, Gabriel, Bryceton, Rocco, Zayn, Keini, Willow, Theo, Colton and Hudson; one great-grandchild, Ezekiel; and his best friend for 40 years, Vince Morton of Michigan City.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 2, 2022, at Springville Community Church, 5244 N. State Rd. 39, La Porte, with Pastor Kurt Feneley officiating. Lakeview Funeral Home & Crematory, La Porte, 219-362-3100, will take care of the arrangements.

Please send your condolences to the family at www.Lakeview FHC.com.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Springville Community Church, 5244 N. State Rd. 39, La Porte, Indiana, 46350, in memory of Robert “Captain Whitt” Whittenburg.

Posted by La Porte County Herald-Dispatch on Dec 28, 2021.

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