May 1949 ~ September 2021
Richard “Rick” Whittaker was born in Galesburg, IL on May 12, 1949 to Bernard and Rosemary Whittaker. Rick passed away on September 7, 2021 in Turlock, CA.
He is survived by wife, Connie Whittaker; son, Travis (Leslie) Whittaker; daughter, Tara Carreon; son, Ricky Whittaker; daughter, Tasha (Brandon) Humphrey; daughter, Nicole Whittaker; grandchildren, Lauryn, Iliana, Ethan, Jack, Hazel, Jacob, Layla, Lucas, Lexi, Gemma; brother, Roland Whittaker; sister, Nancy (Vince) Baladad; brother, Rodney (Joy) Whittaker; and sister, Penny (Andrew) Tafoya.
Rick was raised in a military family and lived in Nebraska, England, Germany and Massachusetts before finally settling in Merced, CA in the 1960’s. He graduated from Merced Union High School in 1968.
Rick had a love for music, especially hard rock. This led him to his job managing a music store where he had the opportunity to go to many concerts. He eventually moved on and started a career at Foster Farms in 1975 working as a Packaging Supervisor. He was well known for being an awesome boss and being great with numbers. He retired after being with the company for 34 years. Ricks best times were riding his motorcycles, playing softball, snow skiing, car rides in the country, “Get the Led Out” at 7:00pm nightly on The Hawk, fishing, and riding his tricycle 15 miles daily.
Memorial services will be held at Allen Mortuary on Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 10:00 am, 247 North Broadway, Turlock, CA. Reception to follow at Great American Grill, 19920 First Street, Hilmar, CA.
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Manny Perezchica saysSeptember 22, 2021 at 5:32 am
Worked with Rick when we were both ln packaging. Again after I moved to Weigh and Price then again to Scheduling. Played softball together for years. Fun guy. Lots of laughs. Hurts to hear of his passing. Prayers for the family.
Carolyn saysSeptember 19, 2021 at 4:44 pm
Sending healing thoughts to the family. Hugs to Travis my nephew and Kara his sister. Love AC
The Smallwood Family saysSeptember 17, 2021 at 4:43 pm
Our condolences on your family. We are going to miss Rick riding around Hilmar on his bike. He was a nice person.
Bobbett & Marlin Bettencourt saysSeptember 16, 2021 at 9:06 pm
I’m so sorry to hear of Rick’s passing. I’ll be in prayer that God give you comfort. Love you
Bob Koury saysSeptember 16, 2021 at 12:25 pm
Rick was a great guy growing up in High School with him. Very friendly and outgoing. Prayers for his family. RIP Rick
Bob Koury saysSeptember 16, 2021 at 3:33 am
Great guy, so sorry for this loss. Prayers for his family at this time. RIP Rick
Natasha Humphrey saysSeptember 16, 2021 at 1:31 am
Thank you for your condolences, but you’ve got the wrong person my apologies. My father wasn’t part of the hells angels, nor was he the president.
Heather edwards saysSeptember 15, 2021 at 11:32 am
It mentions not much of Richard being a hells angel president. If I’m wrong than pardon me.,. This is heather Edwards paying my respect to Richard martin Whittaker and his family .
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