Donald Ray Lawhead, 75, of Long Beach, Wash., died Monday, Oct. 22, 2007, in Long Beach, at a local care facility following a brief stay.

He was born June 25, 1932, in Vancouver, Wash., to Ray Melvin and Rose (Steit) Lawhead. He graduated from high school in California.

He married Yvonne Winn. She survives, residing in Long Beach.

In 1950, Mr. Lawhead joined the U.S. Army. He served for 22 years, retiring in 1972. He served two tours of duty in Korea and three tours in Vietnam. After retiring from the service, he operated, at various times, six different service stations as well as two taverns. In 1998, he moved to Long Beach.

He was a member of the American Legion and the Elks.

Family members said he enjoyed playing cribbage with friends and working in his garden.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by five children, Donald Lawhead Jr. of Long Beach, Teri Sehelerman, David Hendrickson, Beth Smith and Denise Nixon; two grandchildren, Preston and Donald Ray Lawhead III of Long Beach; a brother, Arthur Lawhead; 13 other grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a niece, Shirley Black.

A graveside service with full military honors was held earlier at Willamette National Cemetery.

Penttila's Chapel by The Sea of Long Beach is in charge of the arrangements.

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