James F. Whittaker, retired Navy dental officer

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James F. Whittaker
James F. Whittaker

Capt. James F. Whittaker passed away on Nov. 2, 2016. He was born in Yonkers, N.Y. to Franklin and Muriel (Connor) Whittaker in 1937.

He received his undergraduate degree from Ohio Wesleyan University, a doctor of dental surgery from New York University College of Dentistry, and a masters degree in special studies from George Washington University. He entered the United States Naval Service in June 1964. During a 30-year career as a Naval Dental Officer, he served aboard the USS Yosemite (AD-19), USS Independence (CVA-62), USS Hunley (AS-31), and USS L.Y. Spear (AS-36), as well as several shore assignments. Capt. Whittaker earned several military distinctions that included the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation with two bronze stars, and the National Defense Service Award with one bronze star.

Capt. Whittaker is survived by two daughters, Sandra Finch and husband Terry of Chesapeake and Lori Whittaker of Virginia Beach, his four grandchildren Carolyn, Jimmy, Gabby and Garrett, long-time friend and partner, Jean Whittaker, brother Thomas and wife Roxane of Milton, Del., and sister Margo of Delmar, Del.

Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016 at Altmeyer Funeral Home in Virginia Beach. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, in Community United Methodist Church, Virginia Beach.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Intrepid Hospice (4510 Holland Office Park, Suite 503, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23452) or to Old Dominion Greyhound Adoption (greyhoundsrus@cox.net, Gay Lattimer , 757-486-7956) would be appreciated. Online condolences may be offered to the family at altmeyerfh.com.