FROSTBURG — Arthur Dale “Whitey” Whitehead, 74, peacefully went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center following his very courageous battle with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia.
Born April 12, 1938, in Morantown, to George W. and Dorothy L. (Baker) Whitehead. He is preceded in death by his parents; and an infant son, Brian M. Whitehead.
After graduation from Mount Savage High School in 1956, Dale left for Wilmington, Del., where he received his four year degree as a machinist; and began his career at E.I. DuPont as a Journeyman Apprentice. He returned to Frostburg after being hired by Kelly Springfield Tire Company. Dale spent the next 24 years working as a machinist in the Cumberland plant. Following the closing of Kelly Springfield’s Cumberland plant, Dale began working for the Local 1024 United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America as a millwright. During this time, he was given the opportunity to continue employment with Kelly Springfield in Freeport, Ill., where he received his full retirement from the Kelly Springfield Tire Company. In 2003, Dale returned to the area and resumed employment with the Local 1024 where he later became an instructor of their apprentice program. Dale was also a proud veteran of the United States Army 1049th Transportation Company (Helicopter Maintenance) with the rank of SP4 E-4.
Dale was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Mount Savage; Mount Savage Volunteer Fire Company, Kemp Lodge 154 A.F. & A.M., Mount Savage; Barrelville Outdoor Club, Piney Mountain Sportsman Association, Frostburg Elks 470, Frostburg Moose Lodge 348, and Farrady Post 24 American Legion. While employed by Kelly Springfield, Dale was a very active member of the employee’s union, serving on their negotiation’s committee and was also a member of the fire brigade.
Dale enjoyed spending time with family and home improvement projects. He spent all of his time and energy supporting his wife, children and grandchildren in all of their various endeavors. Dale was most content sitting on his swing with a hot cup of coffee or by a fire at his pavilion with a cold beer.
Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Margaret R. “Peggie” (Carter) Whitehead; daughter, Karen L. Spence and husband Jarret, Short Gap, W.Va.; son, Michael D. Whitehead and wife Lindsay, Frostburg; daughter, Lorri A. Richard and husband Scott, Mount Savage; four grandchildren, Cameron and Abigail Spence and Ryan and Taylor Whitehead; several aunts, sister and brother in-laws, nieces and nephews, cousins, and countless friends.
Family and friends will be received at Durst Funeral Home, 57 Frost Ave., Frostburg, on Friday, March 29, 2013 from 1 to 3 and 6 to 9 p.m.
A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. by the Mount Savage Volunteer Fire Company.
A funeral service will be held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church on Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 11 a.m. with Fr. Stephen Fernandes OFM Cap. officiating.
Interment will be in Restlawn Memorial Gardens.
Military honors will be accorded by Farrady Post 24 American Legion Honor Guard.
Dale will be deeply missed by everyone who knew him, especially his loving family.
Condolences may be sent to the family at durstfuneralhome.com.