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Donald "Don" Boyd Whitehead, 64, of Springfield, Illinois, formerly of McAlester, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, at St. John's Hospital.
He was born on June 29, 1952, in McAlester, to J.C and Freda Boyd Whitehead. Don married Pamela Hassler in New York City on Oct. 10, 1978, and she survives.
Mr. Whitehead is also survived by one son, James and Andria Crawford Whitehead, of Springfield, Illinois; one daughter, Katie Whitehead, of Chatham, Illinois; two grandsons, Malcolm and Abbott Whitehead; two sisters, Patricia King, of Oklahoma City, and Carolyn and Mike Fuller, of Knoxville, Tennessee, and his favorite mother-in-law and father-in-law, Joe and Lois Hassler.
In 1970 Don worked as a clerk with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Oklahoma City before becoming an FBI Agent in 1977. He moved to the St. Louis office and that is where he met his wife, Pamela.
His FBI career took him to New York, Washington, D.C. and Little Rock, Arkansas, before moving to Springfield, where he retired in 2001 as Special Agent In Charge of the Springfield Division of the FBI.
Don enjoyed reading, history, working out at Fit Club, his Shih Tzu, Max, and traveling to Europe, Asia, Africa and the Caribbean.
A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at Bisch Funeral Home West, 2931 Koke Mill Road. The family will meet friends from 4 p.m. until the time of service on Wednesday at Bisch West.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or to Shriners Hospitals for Children, and please visit the online "Life Remembered Story" at www.bischfuneralhomewest.com.
Published on January 15, 2017
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