EUREKA SPRINGS CORVETTE WEEKEND
October 6 - 9, 2016
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Robert "Ben" Whitacre, age 73, of Springfield, MO passed away peacefully on Saturday March 12, 2016.
Ben was a lifelong tennis enthusiast with a passion for coaching. In addition to coaching his daughters and granddaughter, he also coached for Hillcrest High School, Evangel College, and Drury University.
Ben's father owned a Chevrolet Dealership that ignited a lifelong passion for all cars, namely the Corvette. He was the co-founder of Eureka Springs Corvette Weekend which recently celebrated its 25th Anniversary. He could always be found one of two places, the garage or tennis court
After graduating from Kansas University on the Dean's List, he traveled for Western Auto Supply Company for over 40 years.
Ben married Mary Elizabeth Resch on June 1, 1963 in Arvada CO. They recently celebrated their 52nd anniversary. They have 2 daughters; Stephanie (Thomas) Burris of Des Moines, IA and Dana (Mark) Bounds of Statham, GA. He has 2 grandchildren, Amanda "Mandy" Bounds and Robert "Robbie" Burris.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Benton P. Whitacre and Virginia Hicks Whitacre of Tonganoxie, KS. He is survived by his sister, Martha "Marty" Swenholt of Katy, TX and nieces and nephews.
Memorial Contributions are suggested to Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, 239 Turpentine Creek Ln, Eureka Springs, AR. 72632
For the past 26 years, Corvette enthusiasts across the Midwest and beyond have gathered in Eureka Springs, Arkansas the first weekend of October, to enjoy the beautiful autumn scenery and weather, the unique charm of the Eureka Springs area and just relaxing and having fun with hundreds of fellow Corvette fans. No bitter competition, no concours preparation, no points to win or lose, just a lot of viewing and driving enjoyment with America's Sports Car. All Corvettes, modified, restored, original or daily driver, from all years are welcome.
Eureka Springs is nestled deep in the Ozark Mountains, filled with dense foliage, steep hills, natural springs, historic buildings and Victorian homes. You can shop the unique stores, explore the antique buildings, relax in the spas, enjoy the outdoors, drive the challenging but smooth mountain roads, and participate in a variety of Corvette events.