Russell L. Morehead, 79 of Aledo, died Thursday, June 14, 2012 at the McClean County Nursing Home, Bloomington. Funeral Services will be Tuesday, June 19 at 11 a.m. at Speer Funeral Home, Aledo. Burial will be in Illinois City Cemetery. Visitation is Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Russell Morehead Memorial Fund. This obituary may be viewed online at www.speerfuneralhome.com.
Russell Leroy Morehead was born on July 14, 1932 in Illinois City to Everett and Janette (Verstringe) Morehead. He married Martha Winegard on Jan. 22, 1956. She preceded him in death on Aug, 23, 1983.
Russell was a dedicated farmer, but also was a salesman for Thede’s in Aledo for many years. He retired after serving as a guard at the Henry Hill Correctional Center, Galesburg. In his retirement, he still kept busy by working for Mer-Roc and Gold Star FS. In earlier years he enjoyed attending auctions and collecting many items. Russell cherished his many friendships made at McDonalds in Aledo.
Russell is survived by a son: Nathan Morehead of Monmouth; two daughters and their husbands: Melissa (Corbitt) Pitcock and Danette (Greg) Gilhaus, all of Bloomington; five grandchildren: Rebecca Enderlin; Gavin Enderlin; Rachel Pitcock; Jacob Gilhaus and Nicholas Gilhaus.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife and a brother, Raymond Morehead.