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Joseph Morton Whitmer
Funeral Time: Saturday, September 14th at 1:00PM
Joseph Morton Whitmer, born April 29, 1942 in Sacramento, KY, died August 24, 2019 at his home in Lexington. He was the son of Carlos Raymond and Elizabeth McDonald Whitmer. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Kathryn Whitmer Bates and his first wife, Judith (Judy) Johnson Whitmer.
Joe moved to Lexington to attend the University of Kentucky where he earned his BS in Accounting in 1964 and his JD in 1967. He was admitted to the Kentucky Bar in 1967. After practicing law in Nicholasville, KY for one year he went on to become the Vice President, Secretary, General Counsel and Director of Consolidated Management Services, Eagles National Life Insurance Co., First Mutual Insurance Co. and First Mutual Life Insurance Company in Lexington. He co-founded, with his partner John B. Conrad, Professional Administrators Ltd. and served as Executive Vice President and Director from 1968 to 1986 and from 1987, until his retirement in 1990, he served as itsí President and CEO. He served as a member of the Board of Overseers of the Duke University Comprehensive Cancer Center in Durham, NC, 1987-1990 and Co-Chair of their Melanoma Consortium. He was a University of Kentucky Fellow and a member of South Elkhorn Christian Church.
Survivors include his second wife, Paula Thurman Whitmer, daughter Karen Whitmer (Don) Cole, son Brian D. (Megan) Whitmer; daughter, Julia Whitmer (Bill) Graham; grandsons Christopher, Patrick and Nathan Irving, granddaughters Lauren and Ella Whitmer and nephews Marc (Leah), Eric and Karl (Annette) Bates.
Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on September 14, 2019 at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, 3421 Harrodsburg Road, Lexington with visitation from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in his memory to Bluegrass Hospice Care/Bluegrass Care Navigators, 2312 Alexandria Dr., Lexington, KY 40504.