Lester E. Whitehead, 87, of Vandalia, passed away on Monday, July 14, 2014, at St. Luke's Hospital in Chesterfield, Mo.
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Mr. Whitehead will be laid to rest at Pleasant Grove Cemetery at a later date. Memorials: Wounded Warrior Project.
Mr. Whitehead was born on Oct. 31, 1926, in Lone Grove Township, Fayette County, the son of Bert and Beulah Scott Whitehead. He was called "Scottie" by his immediate family because he was named after his maternal uncle, Lester Scott, of Vandalia. He married Iris R. Springman on Sept. 11, 1951, in Biloxi, Miss., after he finished basic training there in the Air Force. They were married for 50 years.
After he served four years in the Air Force, stationed in Panama City, Fla., they returned home to farm in the Brownstown/St. Peter area. He was a member of the National Farm Organization and participated in the American Agriculture Movement 35 years ago in Washington, D.C.
He is survived by his son, James Whitehead and his wife Pat of St. Peter; daughters, Eugenia Hummel of Town & Country, Mo., and Susan "Tabby" and her husband Ron Marx of Orem, Utah; sister-in-law, Phyllis Whitehead of St. Peter; brothers, Lamire Whitehead and his wife Penny of Mehlville, Mo., and Leo Whitehead of Vandalia; granddaughters, Kristin South, Courtney South and fiancé Chris Files, Stephanie and her husband David Stair, Winona Marx, Hannah Marx, Michelle and her husband David Schukar, Janey Lee, Angie and her husband Aaron Davis, Maureen and her husband Bryan Sevy, Jennifer and her husband Dave Nibley, Cynthia Marx, and Char and her husband Nate Marx; grandsons, Pat Marx and his wife Kelsie, and Chris Hummel and his wife Jenn; and many great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Lowell Whitehead of St. Peter; and son-in-law, Larry Hummel.
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