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Donald Blaine Birkhead
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Birth: Mar. 14, 1940
Illinois, USA
Death: Jan. 1, 1968
New Boston
Mercer County
Illinois, USA

Donald, known as Blaine to family and friends was the son of Pauline (Hayes) and Donald H. Birkhead. He was raised by his grandparents; Bill and Hattie (Loving) Hayes.

(Article from a local News Paper)
January 1, 1968

NEW BOSTON - Blaine Birkhead, 27, burned to death in a fire which destroyed his home in the North East part of New Boston early this morning.

Mrs. Birkhead said she was awaken by the fire and ran to a neighbors home about 4:20 when she was unable to awaken her husband.

New Boston Firemen were summoned and were unable to save the house.

Mr Birkhead, who was assistant manager of the Joy Propane Gas Co., was the grandson of Mr & Mrs Willaim Hayes of New Boston who had reared him.

He and his wife had returned home late last night after having been away during the evening.

Lorenzo Rausch, Mercer County Coroner, and Sheriff Joe Lemon investigated the blaze today. Early investigation failed to reveal the cause of the blaze.

"The couple" had no children. The body of Mr Birkhead was removed to the Olin Funeral Home in New Boston.


Blaine was tragically taken from us way to early in life. It was an unfair twist of fate that we were not able to share all the special moments in our lives. Many people have told me what a great guy Blaine was..... I look forward to the day we can finally meet face to face and take our first embrace in Heaven.

Family links: 
  Donald H. Birkhead (1918 - 2009)
  Pauline M Hayes Shelton (1923 - 2004)
  Donald Blaine Birkhead (1940 - 1968)
  Harry James Birkhead (1951 - 1995)**
*Calculated relationship
New Boston Cemetery
New Boston
Mercer County
Illinois, USA
Created by: Jamie Dawn Paul
Record added: Mar 09, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 34618890
Donald Blaine Birkhead
Added by: Jamie Dawn Paul
Donald Blaine Birkhead
Added by: Jamie Dawn Paul
Donald Blaine Birkhead
Added by: Jamie Dawn Paul
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You are always on my mind and 4ever in my heart.....
- Jamie Dawn Paul
 Added: May. 16, 2012

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