FAIRMONT - A celebration of life service for Keith G. Whitehead, 91, of Fairmont, Minn., will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday, January 24, at the Calvary Baptist Church in Granada. Burial will follow at Fairview Memorial Park in Fairmont.
Keith passed away Tuesday afternoon, January 20, 2009, at the Fairmont Medical Center. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday at the Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont and one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.
Keith Gail Whitehead was born on December 5, 1917, in Standberry, Mo., the son of Mortimer and Agnes (Page) Whitehead. He moved with his family to Sherburn when he was two years old. He graduated from Sherburn High School in 1936 and was united in marriage to Helen Martens in Sherburn on August 28, 1940. He farmed with his brother, Cecil for many years, first in Elm Creek Township and later in Rolling Green Township, west of Fairmont. He retired on the farm in 1983 and enjoyed their winters in Weslaco, Texas.
Keith served on two rural school boards, for six years on the Welcome School Board and later served on the board of the Fairmont Baptist Christian School. He also served on the Sherburn Co-op Board for twenty-five years.
Keith gave his life to the Lord when he was forty-two years old. He was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Granada, where he served his Lord faithfully as a Deacon for many years.
His memory will be honored and cherished by his wife of sixty-eight years, Helen Whitehead of Fairmont; two sons, Dennis Whitehead and his wife, Sherry, of Sebring, Fla., Bruce Whitehead and his wife, Deborah, of Welcome, Minn.; one daughter, Janice Larson and her husband, Howard, of Buffalo, Minn.; eight grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; two sisters, Vivian Cooper and Fay Evjen, both of Sherburn; sisters-in-law, Althea Whitehead of Sherburn, Marilyn (Darrel) Anderson of Sioux Falls, Donna Nawrocki of Sherburn; brother-in-law, Lloyd (Charleen) Martens of Northfield, Minn.; many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, Keith was also preceded in death by five brothers, Max, Ledge, Cecil and Stanley Whitehead.