Dr. Jewel “Ned” Witherbee, Jr., Galesburg Chapel

71, of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, formerly of Knoxville, died Monday, January 30 2017 at the Grey Nuns Hospital in Edmonton.

He was born February 26, 1945, in Galesburg, the son of Jewel Ned Witherbee Sr. and Marian E. Way Witherbee.

He married Sharon Delawder on July 25, 1965. They had three sons, Jason Charles, Eric Todd, and Michael David.

He is survived by his mother, Marian of Galesburg; two sons, Jason and Eric; his wife, Peggy Witherbee and her daughter, Susan (and Che) Taylor; two “adopted” sons, Colin (and Elaine) Turner and Jamus (and Karen) Turner; six grandchildren; a brother, Charles (and Irene) Witherbee of Galesburg; a nephew, Bryan (and Shelby) Witherbee; a niece, Jennifer Witherbee Fry; four grandnieces; one grandnephew, plus many other honorary children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father and a son, Michael.

He graduated from Knoxville High School in 1963 and Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport Iowa in 1967. He later moved to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, where he enjoyed a fulfilling career as a chiropractor. He was a member of the Legion of Frontiersman. He enjoyed the outdoors and nature and was an accomplished self-taught carpenter. He was surrounded by people who loved him. He was a kind, loving, and caring man who was a wonderful husband, father, and friend to all who knew him. He will be greatly missed and always loved dearly.

Cremation was accorded. Graveside memorial service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens. Rev. Milton Marquith will officiate. There will be no visitation. Memorial contributions may be made to East Galesburg Community Chapel. Hinchliff-Pearson-West Funeral Directors and Cremation Services of Galesburg is handling arrangements for the family. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.

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10 Guestbook Entries to “Dr. Jewel “Ned” Witherbee, Jr., Galesburg Chapel”

  1. ned was my stepfather he was a great dad always there when I needed him I will miss him with all my heart. Dad I will miss you and will love you forever .

  2. We are mourning the loss of a special man whom we called our Father we will miss him and love him forever, May God bless him in the afterlife as he has blessed us with knowing him. We send our love to the rest of our family.

  3. Ned came into my life when I was 14. It wasn’t until I was 22 that he became family. He was so giving and kind hearted. He loved me and treated as a daughter. He will always be Dad#2. (That was our thing) I love him and miss him so much. He will always have a special place in my heart.

    God saw he was getting tired
    And a cure was not to be,
    So he put his arms around him
    And whispered “Come with me.”

    With tearful eyes we watched,
    And saw him fade away.
    Although we loved him dearly,
    We could not make him stay.

    A golden heart stopped beating.
    Hard working hands put to rest,
    God broke our hearts to prove to us
    He only takes the best.

  4. It has been an honour to know Ned over the years, his wife Peggy and him have been like grandparents to my two children Paige and Maia. Over the last few years we have spent time camping together, which I will always cherish . Ned was always fun to joke around with. He was greatly loved and we will truly miss him.

    Love Shane, Wendy, Paige & Maia

  5. Ned was our brother-in-law , and we sure had great times when They all came to visit ! He was a wonderful caring man and we miss him so much , but God always takes the best , so rest in peace Ned .
    We send our Love and sympathy to our dear sister Peggy and Suzanne and Che and the rest of the family !
    Love always Betty and Bernard and all our family !

  6. Ned was my brother-in-law. He will be missed a lot…he was
    Always fun when we got together! Loved his accent, and the way
    He treated Peggy and Suzanne! Will miss his humor and loving
    ways. Condolences to My loving Sister, Suzanne and Che!
    Love you all so much! Deanna

  7. Ned was my Uncle, he was very special guy with a huge giving heart. I loved how he was so good for my Aunt and Cousin. He will be missed and always in my ❤️

  8. So sorry for your lost. My heart goes out to the entire family.

  9. Sorry for your loss. Ned was a high school friend. Good guy!

  10. So sorry for your lost, Ned was a wonderful man, me and my children, father, and husband (ex) have (had) a lot of respect and trust for Ned. May he rest in peace.

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