The following was submitted by Donovan Ross Rhead


Donovan Hillard Rhead, age 78, of Drummond Island, Michigan, died April 24, 2008 at War Memorial Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. He was born in Boyceville, Wisconsin on May 29, 1929 to Rossie Palmer and Esther Matilda (Hegeman) Rhead.

Don grew up in Cedar Falls, Wisconsin and graduated from Menomonie Schools and the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Following college, he served in the United States Army at the Army's Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland working on the development of Radar controlled Anti Aircraft targeting systems for the newer and faster planes used in Korea. After the service, Don moved to Michigan to work as an apprentice at the then Dodge Main plant. On a blind date, he met Shirley A. Kornexl whom he married December 1, 1956. They remained in Michigan to raise their family. In 1987, he retired from Pontiac Motors and they moved to Drummond Island.

Don was active throughout his life with the Lutheran Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, sailing and flying. Don worked in the garden for countless hours, always giving more to others than he kept for himself. He traveled extensively with his family throughout the United States and Canada enjoying fishing at any new spot he found. He was a devoted husband and father, and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Don is survived by his wife of 52 years, Shirley Ann Rhead; four children, Donvan R. (Linda) Rhead of South Carolina, Phillip M. (Kathy) Rhead of Washington, Jeannine E. Rhead of Taylor, Michigan, and Jennifer A. (Andrew) Gable of Kinross, Michigan; six grandsons, Randal S. (Morgan) Rhead, David M. Rhead and Anthony A. Rhead of Washington, Donovan J. Rhead and Patrick R. Rhead of South Carolina, and Benjamin E. Gable of Kinross; and one granddaughter, Carrie Ann Gable of Kinross. Don is further survived by his brother, Douglas (Vicki) Rhead of Sparta, Wisconsin, and his "sister", Mickey (Joseph) Popp of Hobart, Indiana.

Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Drummond Island Lutheran Church, with funeral services to follow at 1:00 p.m. with Deacon Charles Krahnke conducting the service.

Burial will be in the Drummond Island Cemetery, Drummond Island, MI.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Drummond Island Ambulance Service, the Drummond Medical Center-Medication Supply, the Drummond Island Fire Department Fund, or a charity of one's own choice.

Arrangements are in the care of Reamer Galer Funeral Home of Pickford, Michigan.