John Whitehead
1934 - 2019
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September 5, 1934 ˜ May 19, 2019

John E. Whitehead passed away peacefully on May 19, 2019, in Camas, Washington, at the age of 84. He was born in Middletown, Ohio, on September 5, 1934, to Charles Clifton and Anna Leola (Judd) Whitehead. John graduated from Miami University of Ohio in 1959 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
He is survived by his loving wife, Hatsumi; his children, Charles Whitehead (Deborah), a law professor at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and Dr. William Whitehead (Janet), on the medical faculty of the University of Texas Medical Branch; his grandchildren John, James, Alexander, Bradley, and Jillian Whitehead; and his sisters Sidne Anne Martin and Linda Lucarello.
John was preceded in death by his brother, Charles Frederick Whitehead (2011).
He served our country in the Army and in the Foreign Service in Washington, D.C., and at U.S. Embassies around the world. His last position was as chargé d’affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria.
A memorial service will be held on May 22, 2019, at 2:00 p.m., at Straub’s Funeral Home, 325 Northeast 3rd Avenue, Camas, Washington. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Camas Public Library.
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Published in The Columbian on May 21, 2019.
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May 31, 2019
John will be greatly missed! He was our friend and volunteer in Cardiac Rehab at PHSW. I loved his since of humor and hearing about his family. I know he was very proud of everyone and their accomplishments. Thoughts and prayers are with his wife, sons and grandchildren. Thanks for sharing John with us. He was the best!!
Susan K
May 22, 2019
John volunteered at the Camas Public Library when I started working here in 2000. It was so funny and nice. He was a warm and generous person. I will miss his humor. Connie M Scott
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