john weatherhead
John Richard Weatherhead, a hard-working, great man at heart passed away at his home on Sunday, April 19, 2020 after a two-month battle with leukemia. He was 69. After 38 years of service, John retired from Weirton Steel where he worked as a millwright in the tin mill. Motorcycles were Johns's passion in life. He was an avid rider and was involved in ABATE of West Virginia, where he participated in many charity rides. John was extremely proud of his Appalachian American Indian heritage. If you were to visit his home, you would see that it was decorated in all different kinds of Indian memorabilia. At one time, he dreamed of taking off on his motorcycle and living on an Indian reservation. John was preceded in death by his great-granddaughter Amelia Bartley. Left behind to cherish his memory is his beloved daughter and best friend Marion Bartley; grandchildren Justin Bartley and Connor (Elizabeth) Bartley; great-grandchildren Addilyn and Declan; brother Murph Weatherhead and his companion Kathy Sutton and David Walker; sisters Mary (John) Kessenich and Nora (Bob) Kilpatrick and sister-in-law Lorena Walker. Private services will be held for the family. Please share a video or written message with John’s family at

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  1. I started in the Sheet Mill Feb. !st of 71.. Johnny was the first guy there to come up to me and befriend me. In later years we worked in the Tin Mill together . Always Always he said Hey Mad how you doin.. When He saw me. Great guy , going to be miss by all who knew him. God Bless ya Head.. Love ya Bro !!!!

  2. Oh John, you will be greatly missed. Thanks for the many years of laughter. Ride on buddy. 🙏🙏❤️ Denise Ceraolo

  3. John was a good friend and co-worker. Always fun and full of life. Never a dull moment. Condolences to his family.

  4. He was always a pleasure to be around, hard working sweet man. Rest in peace Head, you deserve your wings!!!

  5. murphy and mary so sorry to hear about your brothers passing.he was a great neighbor and we all grew up at the lower end may john rip and he will be missed.

  6. Head and I did many vacations together!! Hawaii to down state WV!! Erica and I will never forget when we was going to visit a Indian reservation with my Erica!! On the way Erica said I’m going to pet a buffalo, I said as a protecting mother no there too big to pet and Head told me to never say to Erica that she can’t do something!! We were leaving the site at the end of the day and the buffalo started heading our way and Erica was calling them and 2 of them came up really close and one of them one of the kind of shook his coat and bent his head down and Erica did pet it!

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