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Veteran's Voice: Former prisoner of war remembers love of his life, shares favorite hobbies

Posted at 8:27 PM, Aug 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-29 00:07:07-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Dean Whitaker fought in World War II as a bombardier.

Not only did he lose many friends in the war, but he was taken as a prisoner of war.

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Now, he spends his days doing hobbies like swimming and painting. He credits his love of painting to a very special person.

"I started painting by watching Bob Ross on television and he made it look so easy. My wife was with me and we were watching it and she said I bet you can do that so I took her up on it," said Whitaker.

Thanks to his wife's guidance, he now spends his days creating art.

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For Dean Whitaker, painting is not just a past time but a way to remember important parts of his past.

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She passed away almost a year ago, but he said he still feels her presence.

"Oh I think about my wife all the time. She’s still with me," said Whitaker.

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