He died in the line of duty due to injuries sustained in a high speed pursuit. He had been a deputy for the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office for the past 18 months, and previously was a police officer with the Stockbridge Police Department.
He was born on June 29, 1989, in Ann Arbor, MI, the son of Clyde Whitaker and Mary (McGinn). Grant was a graduate of Stockbridge High School.
He loved being with his family and especially his nephews. He was a people person, had a gift for compassion, and had an infectious laugh that would light up any room. His hobbies included deer, duck, and turkey hunting, and golf. He also enjoyed playing pool, his 1971 LeMans, and 4×4 trucks.
In addition to his parents, surviving are his siblings: Aaron (Emily) Whitaker, Josh (Laura) Whitaker, and Angie (Brian) Adiska, his girlfriend Morgan Gyhra, his grandmother Alice (Edward) Lirette, his nephews Henry and Tyler, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Jim and Delberta Whitaker and William McGinn, and his uncle Dennis McGinn.
Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 12, 2014, at St. Mary Catholic Church, 14200 East Old US-12, Chelsea, MI 48118, with Rev. Dr. William J. Turner officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery in Stockbridge.
The family will receive friends at the church on Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Deputy Grant Whitaker Memorial Fund at Mason State Bank, 322 S. Jefferson, P.O. Box 130, Mason, MI 48854-0130.
Arrangements by Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea.
MI Headlines wishes to thank Deputy Grant William Whitaker for his service.