Those who knew Arizona Chapter POCI co-founder Ross Whitehead are urged to arrive in a classic vehicle (if practical) when you attend his Memorial Service on Friday, February 17th.
Tucson club members & friends have planned a caravan to the service located in northern Phoenix. Here are the specifics:
Date: Friday, February 17th
Location: (Far northwest Tucson) Tangerine Road Exit of Interstate 10, in the dirt lot on the east side of the interchange
Depart: 15 minutes later
Notes: Please rendezvous with a full tank of gas, ready to go. Also, we will plan to make a very brief stop at the Rest Area just north of Casa Grande. Restrooms and vending machines should be available there.
Time: 1:00pm (Scheduled for 1/2 hour duration)
Location: National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona
Address: 23029 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, AZ 85024
Directions: Travel north through Phoenix on I-17 North. Exit 101 Loop (Pima Freeway). Travel east on the 101 approximately 4.5 miles, exiting at Cave Creek Road. At the bottom of that offramp, make a left to go north on Cave Creek Road. Travel north approximately two miles until you arrive at the National Memorial Cemetery. The cemetery will be on your righthand side.
GATHERING & MEAL AFTERWARDS
All are welcomed to attend an informal meal and gathering after the service.
Time: 2:00 - 4:00pm
Location: Popo's Fiesta Del Sol Mexican Restaurant
Address: 17037 N. 59th Avenue (NE corner of Bell Road & 59th Ave.), Glendale, AZ 85308
(Maps will be provided at the cemetery)
Remembering Ross N. Whitehead
Smoke Signals sadly reports the passing of longtime member Ross Whitehead, former POCI
Vice President and Western Region Director. He was also the co-founder of the Arizona Chapter
#29 in 1981.
Born in Riverton, Iowa on February 18, 1937, Ross always held a strong interest in all
things automotive. His love for cars saw his diverse fleet of vehicles grow over the years to
include a 1963 Catalina sedan, a 1948 Streamliner sedan, and his pride-and-joy 1949 Pontiac
His Woodie held a track speed record (for a vintage Straight 8) at the now-defunct Bee Line
Raceway. It was also featured as actor Bruce Dern’s ride in the 1987 post-apocalyptic film World
Ross originally suffered a stroke while in the U.S. Air Force in 1969, but fortunately recovered
most of his function. He retired from the military at that time, having reached the rank of
Staff Sergeant E-5.
During the 1980s, Ross also served as POCI’s official club Photographer, publishing pocket-
sized photo albums which provided a pictorial review of each year’s national convention.
In early 2014, Ross suffered a second, more debilitating stroke and received care within
various Veteran’s Administration recovery units. He died quietly in his sleep on December 27,
2016 from respiratory failure at the age of 79. He is survived by an ex-wife and three daughters,
but is preceded in death by his second wife.
A memorial service with full military honors will be held at the National Memorial Cemetery
in Phoenix, Arizona on February 17.