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Ross Whitehead Memorial Service 2/17/17

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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

Meet: 9:30am

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.



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

Chieftain Woodie.

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

Gone Wild.

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.

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