Waterloo — Bert Milton Whitaker, 77, Waterloo, died Sunday, July 8, 2018, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.

He was born Aug. 1, 1940, in Prestonsburg, Ky., to the late Henry and Ival Akers Whitaker. He was a 1958 graduate of Prestonsburg High School.

Bert married Rodena Mauldin on Dec. 29, 1961, in Fort Worth, Texas, and she died in 2009.

He was a veteran of the United States Air Force, where he retired with a rank of chief master sergeant after 23 years of service.

He was a member of Francis E. Vinyard VFW Post 2749 of Kendallville. He was an electronics expert, antique radio enthusiast, loved researching genealogy, and enjoyed fishing and gardening.

Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Tom Fakes, Kirkland, Wash.; son-in-law, Chris Jarvis, Duvall, Wash; two grandchildren, Zakery Jarvis and Lexi Jarvis, Duvall; longtime companion, Dorothy Murray, Waterloo; three siblings: Claudia Barton, Pierceton; Michael Whitaker, Warsaw; and Arlene (Jim) Barton, Dowagiac, Mich.; and a brother-in-law, Jim Hollen, Warsaw.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; daughter, Karen Jarvis; and two sisters, Linda Adams and Garnett Whitaker.

Military honors will be conducted at 7 p.m. Friday at Feller and Clark Funeral Home, 875 S. Wayne St., Waterloo, by the United States Air Force and Francis E. Vinyard VFW Post 2749 of Kendallville.

Calling will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

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Memorials to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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