Rev. D. Spurgeon Witherow, 87, of Mill St. in 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. He was a retired minister of the Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church, where he ministered at many churches in the area, including the Evangelical United Methodist Church in Youngsville from 19661971, retiring in 1991 from the Simpson United Methodist Church in Erie. He was an active member of the EUM Church in Youngsville where 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.

Friends may call on Wednesday (March 27) from 38 p.m. at the Nelson Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 314 North Main St. in Youngsville, and for 1 hour prior to a funeral service that will be held on Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at the Evangelical United Methodist Church, 18 2nd St. in Youngsville, with the Rev. Anette Gerber, pastor, and the Rev. Thomas Strandburg, Kane District Superintendent, cooffici ating. Burial will be the Warren County Memorial Park in Warren. Members of the Warren Co. DAV will conduct their Call to Fallen Comrades ceremony at the funeral home on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests 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