Cover photo for Karen L. Hite's Obituary
1945 Karen 2024

Karen L. Hite

April 17, 1945 — March 11, 2024


Karen L. Hite, age 78 of Galesburg died peacefully at her home on Monday evening, March 11, 2024.  She was born in Battle Creek on April 17, 1945, the daughter of Clarence and Georgia (Mench) Taylor.

Karen is survived by her children, Lorraine “Lori” Baker of Galesburg, Richard (Stephanie) Whipple of Florida and Jack (Tina) Whipple of Augusta; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; her sister, Sue Holcomb; and her dear friend, Pam Bryant.  She was sadly preceded in death by her grandson, Kenny Baker II; her former husband, Clyde L. Whipple Jr.; her parents; and siblings, Jack, Raymond, Andy, David, Wayne Taylor and Dorothy Dunithan.

Karen was always a straight shooter and would tell you how it was without sugarcoating anything.  She enjoyed watching Westerns, listening to the “Old” country music, drawing, arts & crafts, and going out to eat with Pam.  Most of all, Karen loved spending time with her family and her cat “Baby” and dog “Tang”

Cremation has taken place and interment will be held at the Augusta Cemetery at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to the family c/o Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care.  Personal messages for the family may be placed here at


Visits: 210

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors