Lawrence J. Whitaker, 83, Pecatonica, IL died at 6:30 a.m., Sunday, March 11, 2018 in Generations at Neighbors in Byron, IL.\r\n\r\nBorn December 30, 1934 in Rockford, IL the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence L. and Katherine (McConnell) Whitaker. Married the former Charlotte N. Nailor in Rockford, IL on June 6, 1969. He was employed as a machinist by Sundstrand in Belvidere, IL, retiring in 1983. He then worked for Mobile Truck Stop in Rockford, IL. \r\n\r\nSurvivors include daughters Vicki (Steve) Fager, O’Fallon, IL, Rita Field, Tulsa, OK and Lisa Vangsness, Rockford, IL; son Tracy Whitaker, Rockford, IL; 10 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, son Randy Whitaker and brother Charles Whitaker. \r\n\r\nFuneral ceremonies will be held at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, March 17, 2018 in McCorkle Funeral Home-Countryman Chapel, 529 Washington Street, Pecatonica, IL. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 10:00 a.m. until time of ceremonies Saturday. Final resting place will be in Twelve Mile Grove Cemetery, Pecatonica, IL. \r\n\r\nIn lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Serenity Hospice, 1658 Illinois 2 Oregon, IL 61061 or Rockford Rescue Mission, 715 W State Street, Rockford, IL 61102.