Kyle Whitaker, 57, of Winchester, died June 5 at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington.
He was born Ivan Kyle Whitaker in Winchester to the late Ivan Whitaker and Vada Eldridge Whitaker.
Mr. Whitaker was graduated in 1978 from George Rogers Clark High School and attended one semester at Alice Lloyd College in Pippa Passes. He furthered his studies at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. He worked for many seasons as the woodworker at Fort Boonesborough State Park in Winchester, and later worked at Lexis Nexis in Dayton, Ohio.
In spite of being blind, he was an avid woodworker all his life, making many treasures for his family and friends. He was talented at caning, a proud farmer and gardener, always happy to share the fruits of his labor.
Mr. Whitaker was also passionate about genealogy. He created a Facebook page called Letcher County Genealogy, which presently has nearly 10,000 members.
He is survived by his wife, Susan McCullough Whitaker; a stepson, Christopher McCullough; a sister, Ann Helton and husband George; nieces, Cindi Carman and husband Mark, Sarah Helton, Janel Turley- Garner and husband Jaime, and Adrienne Leathers and husband Chris; a greatniece, Preslie; great-nephews, Brandon, Patrick and Zander; his father-in-law, Jim McCullough; a sisterin law: Pam McCullough and Steve Hope; a brotherin law: Bob Turley and wife Debbie; lifelong best friend, David Jordan; step-nieces, Amy Meyer, Kelly Monnin and Jasmine Walker; and step-great-nieces and stepgreat nephews, Sebastian, Croix, Maggie, Chloe and Brielle.
Also surviving are four aunts, Lily Newman, Frances Whitaker and husband Stewart, Roxie Fields and husband Bob, and Joyce Whitaker; a number of cousins, and special friends, Ruthie and Greg Ward.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Ruth Whitaker Turley; his mother in-law, Nancy Headapohl McCullough; and several uncles, aunts and cousins.
A celebration of his life was held at Scobee Funeral Home in Winchester on June 9. Burial was in Winchester Cemetery
Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society, 1504 College Way, Lexington, KY 40502 and/or Hospice East, 407 Shoppers Drive, Winchester, KY 40391.