Glenn T. Whitaker


Mr. Glenn T. "Poss" Whitaker, age 92, of Madison, Indiana formerly of North Vernon and Dupont entered this life on December 18, 1926 in Roxanna, Kentucky. He was the loving son of the late James J. and Cannie Ison Whitaker. He was inducted into the United States Army on May 5, 1945 in Huntington, West Virginia during World War II and rose to the rate of Private First Class serving in the 243rd Port Company. He was honorably discharged on December 4, 1946 at Camp Beale, California, receiving the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, the Army Occupation Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal. Glenn returned home and was a 1947 graduate of Kingdom Come High School and was raised in the Old Regular Baptist Church faith. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in education in 1953 from Morehead State University. He earned his Master's Degree from Indiana University in 1963. The Whitaker family settled in Jefferson County near Dupont in the Spring of 1953 and Glenn later settled in the North Vernon community in after completing his schooling. Glenn met his wife to be Mary Eileen Reitman at a basketball game at Dupont High School and they were later married on October 18, 1958 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in North Vernon, Indiana. Eileen and her family would often refer to him as "Mr. Hayden", because when she had met him she did not know his name, so the name stuck from that point on in her family. He taught Social Studies, Shop, Physical Education, and Agriculture throughout his teaching career. He began teaching at Crafts-Cully School in Whitesburg, Kentucky, where his teacher Peg taught as well. After coming to Indiana he began teaching at Hayden School in Jennings County and then Jackson Township School. Glenn retired from South Decatur County High School in Greensburg, Indiana after a thirty-four year career in teaching and coaching. He attended and was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in North Vernon. He enjoyed coaching basketball for twenty years. He really liked sports and gardening. Glenn would attend the Big Creek Old Regular Baptist Church near Dupont. Poss as he was affectionately known by his family dearly loved his wife and was a devoted brother and uncle. Glenn died on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at 3:50 a.m. at the Our Hospice of South Central Indiana in Columbus, Indiana.
Glenn will be missed by his loving sister, Renavae "Peg" Adams of Madison, Indiana; his loving brother, Tom Whitaker and his wife Marion of Dalton, Georgia; his sisters-in-law, Sally Whitaker and Wanda Whitaker both of Lexington, Kentucky, Mary Ann Sheets and her husband, William of Louisville, Kentucky; his brother-in-law, Joseph Leroy Reitman and his wife, Ruth of North Vernon, Indiana; his loving God-children, Daren Hudson and his wife, Janell of Syracuse, Indiana, Deric Hudson of Greensburg, Indiana, Devon Hudson and his wife, Kara of Germany; Karen Sheets-Mobley and her husband, Trey of Louisville, Kentucky and Nathan Sheets and his wife Lexi of Fort Thomas, Kentucky who he thought of as his grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his father, James Whitaker, his mother, Cannie Ison Whitaker, his sisters, Chelsea Hogg, Evalee "Auntie" Morris, Kate King, Pauline "Pod" Frazier, Gladys Hogg, his brothers, Herbert Hoover, Venon, Vernon, Ira, Steve, Arlie, and Jim Whitaker; his beloved wife of nearly 58 years, Mary Eileen Reitman Whitaker, died April 30, 2016; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Sadie Whitaker, Ellis Adams, Delbert O. King, Nacy Morris, Opal Whitaker, Ethelene Whitaker, Hobson Hogg, Andy Frazier, Gladys Whitaker, Robert Reitman, Dolores Reitman and Isaac Hogg.
Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, April 7, 2019, at 2:00 p.m., by Deacon Larry French and Bro. Bill Halcomb at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison, Indiana. Interment will follow in the Dupont Cemetery in Dupont, Indiana
Friends may visit from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. and Sunday from 12:00 Noon until the time of service at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison, Indiana.
Prayer vigil will be conducted on Saturday, at 7:30 p.m. at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre.
A final salute will be conducted on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Center by the Major Samuel Woodfill Post No. 9 of the American Legion with full military honors to follow at the Dupont Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to SICA-Southern Indiana Center of the Arts or the Dupont Cemetery Association. Cards are available at the funeral homes. Online condolences,
Published on April 3, 2019
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2 posts

Barry Phelps
Apr 08, 2019
I am so sad to hear of his passing, He was one of my favorite teachers at South Decatur.
Claudine Staublin
Apr 07, 2019
Mr. Hayden and Eileen were God Parents to all of my 4 children and they were loved so very much. Didn't see too much of them once they moved from North Vernon back into the Dupont/Madison area. They were out of sight but never out of mind. May God be with them.