Witherow, Rev. Spurgeon D.


Rev. Spurgeon Dewitt Witherow, Jr. 87, of Youngsville, Pa., went to be with his Lord and Savior Sunday morning, March 24, 2013.

He was born September 27, 1925 in Brookville, Pa., a son of the late Spurgeon and Hazel Brocious Witherow. Spurg was a WW II Navy veteran serving on the USS Riley destroyer escort vessel as a gunners mate.

A retired elder of the Western Pennsylvania Conference, he served at Evans Memorial, Deckards, Stillwater (Jamestown NY), Youngsville Evangelical, and Erie Simpson UMCs. He retired in 1991.  An active member of the EUM Church in Youngsville, he enjoyed running the children's programs for many years.

Spurg served as chaplain for the Disabled American Veterans Chapter #75 of Warren County, and enjoyed fishing, hunting, reading, and spending time with his family. Spurg touched many lives through his many years of ministry and will be missed by all that knew him. 

He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Lucille Causer Witherow, whom he married June 5, 1947 in Duke Center, Pa., a daughter Dorothy L. (Dale) Linton of Utica, Pa., two sons, Terry (Kim) Witherow and Mark (Heather) Witherow, both of Erie, 8 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 sisters, Juanita Buchanan and Imogene Lamb.

A funeral service was scheduled for Thursday, March 28 at the Nelson Funeral Home & Cremation Services. in Youngsville, with the Rev. Anette Gerber, pastor, and the Rev. Thomas Strandburg, Kane District Superintendent, officiating. Burial was to be the Warren County Memorial Park in Warren. 

In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial donations be made to the EUM Church, 18 2nd St., Youngsville, Pa., 16371 or to a charity of choice. Condolences to the family may be made at www.nelsonfuneralhome.net.