Obituary: Donald Whitehead, 92

Donald Whitehead, 92, died on Dec. 23, 2011 at the Glen at Willow Valley. Born in Newark, he was the son of the late Silas and Della (Jacobus) Whitehead. He was the husband of Charlotte (Hontz) Whitehead with whom he celebrated 51 years of marriage.

A veteran of World War II, Don proudly served with the U.S. Army in the Pacific. He was a graduate of East Orange High School and attended Newark College of Engineering. He worked at Bendix Corp., Teterboro and Breeze Corp., Union, retiring at age 70.

Don was an active member of First Baptist Church, Rahway, for 40 years.

In addition to his wife, Charlotte, he is survived by his children, Donald J. (Donna) Whitehead of Cross, S.C.; Jeffrey (Linda) Whitehead of Red Oak, Texas; Glenn (Denise) Whitehead of Ridgeville, S.C.; John (Susan) Swanson of Lancaster, Pa.; David (Robbi) Swanson of Walnutport, Pa.; and Rev. William (Betsy) Whitehead of Rahway; 12 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

A memorial service was held in the Johnson Auditorium of Willow Valley Manor North, 600 Willow Valley Square, Lancaster, Pa. on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012 at 2 p.m. The family greeted friends immediately following the memorial service. Private interment in Hazelwood Cemetery, Rahway will take place at the convenience of the family.

If desired, contributions may be sent in Donald’s memory to Hospice of Lancaster County, 685 Good Dr., P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125 or The Brunner Nursing Education Fund, c/o Willow Valley Retirement Communities, 675 Willow Valley Square, Lancaster, PA 17602.

The family would like to thank the staff of the Glen for their loving care and support.

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