Donald J. Whitehead Obituary

Donald J.  Whitehead
Donald J. Whitehead

August 23, 1942 - September 28, 2017
Born in Newark, New Jersey
Resided in Bridgewater, New Jersey


Donald J. Whitehead, 75, passed away September 28, 2017. Donald was born in Newark, NJ and raised in Osterville, MA. He graduated from Rahway High School and also lived in Somerville, NJ and Myrtle Beach, SC before moving to Bridgewater. He graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 1961 before joining the US Navy. During his career in the navy, he was stationed on 5 different sub conventional and nuclear submarines and received a commendation from the commander of the sixth fleet for serving aboard the USS Threadfin. He continued his dedication to military service when he became a US Navy recruiter for Somerset County. He was a proud member of the American League Post 12, Disabled American Veterans, US Submarine Veterans, USS Threadfin Association and USS Nathanael Greene Association. As a 34 year member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles 2137 in Bridgewater, he served as the secretary and trustee for 13 years. He worked as a store manager for Thul Auto Stores for 17 years and then as a Somerset Educational Services dispatcher from 1999 until his retirement in 2011. He loved watching Nascar and was a devoted Mets fan.

He is predeceased by his wife, Donna Whitehead, who died in 2015.

Surviving are his daughters, Kelly Crowley, Marie Ciufo and her husband Joseph Jr., and Leslie Webb and her husband William Jr., his brothers, Jeffrey, Glenn and Reverend Bill, and a sister Sandra Hines. He was a proud grandfather to Joey, Ashley, Hailey, William, Candice, Derek, Jasmine and Rebecca and seven great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm Wednesday at Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home, 111 N. Gaston Ave, Somerville with a service at 8:30 pm. Cremation will be private.

Donations can be made to the American Legion Post 12, 232 Union Ave. Somerville, NJ 08876. To send condolences to the family, please visit: www.brucecvanarsdalefuneralhome.comThe




Bruce C. Van Arsdale Funeral Home
111 North Gaston Avenue
Somerville, NJ US 08876
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Bruce C. Van Arsdale Funeral Home
111 North Gaston Avenue
Somerville, NJ US 08876
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
8:30 PM


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