COVID-19 Update

As funeral professionals we have been asked by several people in our community how we will continue to serve our families. The families that we serve are always our top priority. We want to assure you that we are staying up to date with the changing information we receive everyday from public health officials and government agencies.

For families that experience the loss of a loved one, Daniel Funeral Home will remain prepared 24/7 to serve your family at your time of loss. We will continue to care for your loved one as usual and will follow the guidance and regulations from the Missouri Department of Health.

Our government officials, both federal and state, have advised that all public gatherings be limited to 10 persons or less in dealing with the COVID-19 crisis. We take this pandemic emergency very seriously and are committed to following those recommendations.

We will make every effort to accommodate families in making arrangements and conducting services in any capacity needed to ensure the safety of our community and of our staff while honoring their loved one. We thank you for your patience as we work to safeguard the wellness of everyone who enters our doors.

For the safety of all, until the authorities lift the restrictions, we are implementing the following:

Cremation services will follow the same guidelines as outlined above.

Daniel Funeral Home has been there for our community during difficult times, and we stand ready to help in any way that we can. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Rest assured, we will continue to serve your family with dignity and respect through these uncertain times.


Todd C. Whitehead of Lamar (formally of Hillsboro) passed away on Sept 8th, 2019 surrounded by family. He was the son of Beverly and the late William “Bill” Whitehead.

He is survived by his wife and best friend Lea Ellen Whitehead, his children Chelsea (David) O’Shea, Katie (Russell Barnes) Rutledge, Dylan (Addison) Whitehead and Emmy; grandchildren Liam and Harper O’Shea, Ethan Rutledge and Calvin Carter and extended family whom loved him dearly. He was welcomed into Heaven by his Father, Maternal Grandparents Cliff and Muriel Cage, Paternal Grandparents Wilbur and Lucy Whitehead and Grandson Adam Barnes.

Todd was a Heavy Equipment Operator/Lead Man. He worked at multiple landfills within 36 years, but Prairie View Landfill became his second home. His love for the job and work ethic, had him going into work every morning despite his illness.

Todd made a small bucket list that included camping at Big River, attending a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game, visiting his son in Cheyenne, WY and living to his birthday so he’d be the same age as his dad was at his passing. With strength and determination, he checked them all off passing away the day after his birthday.
Todd was a nature enthusiast. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and searching for morels. Todd collected rocks and could easily spot the beauty in them. What we thought was our great fortune, was coffee cans full of “pretty rocks”. Todd also planted trees and saved many from being dozed down.

In his honor, we are asking for the Gift of Trees through Forest ReLeaf of Missouri. Donations are accepted; however, for a minimum of $25 a tree will be planted in his memory. Please send donations to Forest ReLeaf of Missouri at 4168 Juniata Street, Suite 1 St. Louis, MO 63116. Include in Memory of Todd Whitehead, your name, a brief message if desired and a return address for a commemorating certificate.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at Daniel Funeral Home in Lamar, MO from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm.

On September 13, 2019 family will receive friends at Dietrich Mothershead Funeral Home in De Soto, MO from 5:00 pm-8:00 pm.

Funeral Service will be on Saturday, September 14 at 10:00 am at Dietrich’s with burial to follow in Hillsboro Cemetery in Hillsboro, MO.



#1 Nevada,MOLinsey Joustra 2019-09-10 23:57
Lea Ellen, Chelsea and Family, Katie and Family, Emmy and Family, Dylan and Family~ My heart breaks for you all! I know you know that he is no longer in pain but, that doesn't take away your daily pain of missing him. Todd/your dad was such a special guy (you all already know that), it was so fun to embarrass him and so much fun to do it. He will always hold a special place in my heart. Love you Toddy Bear!

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