Dr. Joseph "Joe" Whitaker, 64, passed away on Thursday, April 14, 2011.

He was born in David, Ken., on Sept. 9, 1946 to Allan and Mary Evelyn Layne Whitaker. He was a Catholic and a university teacher.

He is survived by two sons, Joey Whitaker of New York City, N.Y., and Gabriel Whitaker of Dallas; his daughter, Emelia Whitaker of San Juan, Puerto Rico; sister, Christine Brunson of Tempe, Ariz.; two brothers, Charles Whitaker of Mexico, and Bill Whitaker of Corpus Christi; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

The funeral service was held at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 22, 2011 at Ramon Funeral Home Chapel in Robstown. Burial was private.

Ramon Funeral Home Inc.