Yes, the head's almost certainly got to come off regardless of the problem, but for different reasons. There may be nothing wrong with the head. If you just blindly get the head rebuilt, and it turns out there's a hole in the piston causing the engine to pump oil, you've just wasted your time and $$$.
There is some information you can gather as to the nature of the problem by troubleshooting BEFORE you remove the head.
All he asked was that you put your thumb over the spark plug hole and bump the starter to see if you had any compression at all. You responded, "I'm not gonna bother, I'm just going to take the head off and send it out to be rebuilt." Very frustrating when someone comes to you for advice, you give it, and they blatantly tell you that they're not going to follow it.
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