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.