Charles D. Whitehead U.S. Veteran

November 30, 1930 - March 28, 2013

Mr. Charles D. Whitehead, age 82 years, of Jefferson City, Mo., died Thursday, March 28, 2013, at St. Mary's Health Center surrounded by his family.
Charles was born November 30, 1930, in Cape Girardeau, Mo., the son of William Carl Sr. and Lucy Farmer Whitehead.
He was married on November 5, 1954, at the Evangelical and Reform Church in Jefferson City, Mo., to Shirley M. Heberle.
He grew up in Charleston, Mo., where he was a 1948 graduate of Charleston High School, and later attended the University of Missouri at Columbia. While on the Missouri State Highway Patrol, he graduated in 1970 from the Northwestern University Traffic Institute, Chicago, Illinois.
Charles proudly served in the United States Army Air Corps during the Korean Conflict. He was stationed in Nagoya, Japan, as a military policeman. He received an Honorable Discharge in August 1952.
In 1953, he graduated from the Missouri State Highway Patrol Training Academy and was assigned to Rolla. In April 1954, he was transferred to Poplar Bluff, and in September 1954, he was assigned to Kennett. He was then transferred to Perryville in September 1958, and promoted to Corporal in 1967. He was transferred to Fredericktown in February 1968, and promoted to Sergeant. Following his education in 1970, at the Northwestern Traffic Institute, he reported to the General Headquarters in Jefferson City where he was assigned to the training academy. In 1973, he was promoted to Lieutenant assigned to Motor Vehicle Inspection. In 1976, he served in Commercial Motor Vehicle Inspection. He was promoted to rank of Captain in 1980, and named the director of the Training Academy where he served until his retirement on September 1, 1986, concluding a 33-year career of service to the Patrol.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church; a 50-year member of the American Legion, Roscoe Enloe Post 5; a 50-year member of the Jefferson Lodge, No 43, A.F. & A.M.; a past member and president of the Capital Shrine Club; a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, Aerie 2693; and a member of The MASTERS.
He enjoyed the Lake of the Ozarks, playing cards and golf, traveling, Missouri Tiger football and basketball, and Cardinal baseball. Most importantly, he enjoyed spending time with his family.
Survivors include: his wife of 58 years, Shirley Whitehead; two children, Sue Whitehead Cox and her husband Steve of Jefferson City, Mo., and Paul Whitehead and his wife Jan Chaney Whitehead of Katy, Texas; four grandchildren, Lea Muck of Kansas City, Mo., Kayla Muck Wilbers of Jefferson City, Mo., Lindsay Whitehead of New York, New York, and Sara Whitehead of San Marcos, Texas; six brothers, William Carl Whitehead Jr. of Emporia, Virginia; Arthur Whitehead and his wife Jan of Sikeston, Mo.; Irvin Whitehead and his wife Hazel of Olean, Mo.; Jim Whitehead of Wyatt, Mo.; Bob Whitehead and his wife Mary Jane of Charleston, Mo.; and Ben Whitehead and his wife Phyllis of Charleston, Mo.; one sister-in-law, Judy Whitehead of Charleston, Mo.; one brotherin-law Georgi Risko of North Carolina; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Russell Whitehead, John Whitehead and Richard Whitehead; and three sisters, Carla Jo Knaup, Jennye Wedeking and Nancy Risko; three sisters-in-law Jo Whitehead, Lela Whitehead and Barbara Whitehead; two brothers-in-law Richard Knaup and Jim Wedeking.
Visitation will be at Freeman Mortuary from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. Monday, April 1, 2013, with a Masonic Service to be conducted at 3:30 p.m. in the Freeman Chapel under the auspices of the Jefferson Lodge No. 43, A.F. & A.M.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 2, 2013, in the Freeman Chapel with the Reverend Daniel Hilty officiating. Graveside services and interment with military honors will be conducted at Hawthorn Memorial Gardens.
Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Missouri Association of State Troopers Emergency Relief Society (MASTERS), 5287 State Highway 67 N, Poplar Bluff, Mo. 63901 or Shriners Hospitals for Children, P.O. Box 31356, Tampa, Fla., 33631, designating the St. Louis, Mo., hospital.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary.

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