Dennis Whitehead

Nov 18th, 1953 - Aug 7th, 2017


Blue Funeral Home (Marion)

Thu, Aug. 10th, 2017 5pm-8pm


Blue Funeral Home (Marion)

Fri, Aug. 11th, 2017 11am

Dennis Whitehead

Harrisburg-Dennis Whitehead, 63, passed away on August 7, 2017 at his home.

Dennis was born on November 18, 1953 in Williamson County to Leo and Arlene (Singleton) Whitehead. He married Kim Cross on June 1, 1997 in Raleigh.

Dennis served in the U.S. Army for 30 years, serving in Afghanistan Operation Enduring Freedom. He worked as a correctional officer at Shawnee for 22 years. Dennis loved to hike in the mountains, enjoyed the beach and spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors include:

Wife-Kim Whitehead of Harrisburg

Sons-Dustin Whitehead of Marion and David (Rachael) Whitehead of Marion

Daughters-Brandi Cross of Harrisburg, Ashley Owen of Marion and Lynsey (Jaime) Ellis of Harrisburg


Kaitlyn Cross

Landen Whitehead

London Whitehead

Amarian Owen

Laila Whitehead

Jaxon Owen

Maddison Ellis

Olivia Whitehead

Kaydence Ellis

Father-Leo “Jim” Whitehead of Marion

Brothers and sisters:

Cheryl (Jerry) Riepshoff of Marion

LeeAnn (Barry) Steed of Eldorado

Leo (Delinda) Whitehead of Marion

Clint Whitehead of Marion

Denise (David) Norris

He was preceded in death by his mother and sister, Gayla Marshall.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, August 11, 2017 at 11am at Blue Funeral Home in Marion with Rev. Jeff Rush officiating. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.  Visitation will be on Thursday, August 10 from 5pm-8pm at the funeral home.

For those who prefer, memorial donations may be made to Little Chapel Hanger 10 or Little Chapel Building Fund. Envelopes will be available and accepted at Blue Funeral Home; PO Box 411; Marion, IL 62959.  For more information, or to sign the memorial guest register, please visit

8 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Gloria Mosley

    From: NChas, South Carolina

    Date: August 8, 2017

    Dear Whitehead family,
    This is a very difficult time and I hope you’ll accept my condolence and deep regrets for your loss and I’d like to share where I found help when this enemy death took my entire family. I found much comfort and hope in what I read in Jehovah Gods word the Bible at John5:28,29 where it tells us we’ll see our love ones again in the resurrection when Jesus brings them back here on earth and at Isaiah25:8 we’re told that this enemy death will be swallowed up forever with these scriptures and others I’m now able to cope with my loss and get through each day because now I know I’ll see my family again and I wanted to share this with you at this difficult time when hope and comfort is needed hoping this will help you also in some way for this is my purpose in sharing this with you at this time and please know that I do share your grief and hope to hear from you.
    Sincerely, GM

  • Guest: Vic Bione

    From: , Illinois

    Date: August 9, 2017

    Jim, Cheryl, Leo, LeAnn, and Clint, you all have my deepest condolences.

    I remember Dennis’ sense of humor and adventurous spirit.

    May you all take comfort in the precious memories and the shared love for one another.

  • Guest: Doug Brinker

    From: Jackson , Michigan

    Date: August 10, 2017

    From the Brinkers, of Jackson Michigan to Leanne, Barry and your entire families ,friends. May our Awesome God spread his arms and surround each of you for strength during your time of loss. I ask in the name of Jesus our Salvation. We at MIS stand Strong in numbers to lift you up. Til the day of Rejoicing.

  • Guest: Betty Jo Bishop

    From: Carbondale, Il 62901, Illinois

    Date: August 10, 2017

    Kim and family,

    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your husband, dad, and grandfather. You’ve been in my thoughts and prayers. May God give you the strength you need for each day.

    I’m a cousin to your Mother and Grandma, Beverly. God Bless all of you at this sad time.

    Betty Jo Bishop

  • Guest: Elizabeth Wiggs

    From: Carterville, Illinois

    Date: August 10, 2017

    Kim , I was so sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Love you lots. Elizabeth (HRH).

  • Guest: Mike, Julie and Zane Richardson

    From: Nashville , Tennessee

    Date: August 10, 2017

    LeeAnne and Barry,

    So sorry for your loss. I know it’s hard to understand why things happen but we know who is in control. We are praying for you guys during this difficult time.

  • Guest: andrew goffinet

    From: hurst, Illinois

    Date: August 10, 2017

    Dennis you were always a great soldier and friend

  • Guest: Ron and Pam Morrow

    From: Farmersville, Illinois

    Date: August 17, 2017

    Ron and I are saddened hear that Dennis passed. We are so sorry and send prayers to his family.