William "Bill" Whitehead
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William (Bill) Whitehead, of Saginaw, Michigan, passed away peacefully March 15, 2013 following a long illness.
Born to Hersel Edwin and Jennie (Williams) Whitehead on July 6, 1919, in New Harmony, Indiana. Married Helene Dorothy Bell on October 25, 1942, in Evansville, Indiana. Bill served his country as an Aviator Cadet in the Army Air Corp during World War II. Calling Saginaw Michigan home since 1947, in his earlier years Bill was active in the Lions and Elks Clubs, Saginaw Jay Cees, Saginaw Valley Traffic Club (president); he served as usher and vestry member at St. John's Episcopal Church, and worked as the terminal manager of Interstate Motor Freight System. In 1966 he became self-employed, and began a successful business career that lasted for decades. Among several enterprises based in Saginaw and Florida, he served as President and CEO of Whitehead Office Products for thirty years. Outside of business, his greatest interests were thoroughbred horse racing and being with his family. He also enjoyed golf, bridge, poker, annual fishing trips to Canada, and spending summers at Higgins Lake. Bill was a member of Saginaw Country Club, Saginaw Club, Delray Beach Club in FL, and the Kennel Club of Evansville. For many years he wintered in Florida with his wife, Helene, who predeceased him in 2011.
Surviving are Bill's son Jett, daughter-in-law Shelley, son-in-law Ron Stanton, grandchildren Heather (Scott) Stanton-Rudy, William (Nicole) Stanton, Kent Stanton, six great-grandchildren, and Evansville sisters-in-law Phyllis (Kenny) Newcomb, Betty Jo (Fred) Hermann, and Rita Speis.
Bill's daughter, Linda Stanton, four brothers and two sisters predeceased him. The funeral service took place at St. John's Episcopal Church, Saginaw, Michigan on Wednesday, March 20, 2013. Bill's ashes will be interred at Maple Hill Cemetery, New Harmony.
An Evansville visitation with the family is scheduled at Boone Funeral Home-East Chapel, 5330 Washington, on Saturday, April 27, 2013 from 3:00 - 5:00 PM.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider St. John's Episcopal Church, 123 N. Michigan Ave, Saginaw MI 48602.
Condolences may be made to the family online at boonefuneralhome.net
Published in Courier Press on Apr. 25, 2013