- June 1, 1933 - January 22, 2013
- Buchanan, Michigan
of Neal's Passing
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“Tom, Carl and the entire family - I am deeply sorry about the passing of your dad and grandpa. The whole Vermeer family wishes you comfort at this...Read More »
1 of 22 | Posted by: Tim Huizenga & Vermeer Midwest - IN
“Thanks for all you did for the people of Buchanan, Mi. You will be remembered.
2 of 22 | Posted by: Jeff Griffin
“On my brothers passing I had so much sorrow. We spent much time together at the VFW home and in business. Our first business was a gas station in...Read More »
3 of 22 | Posted by: Joe and Barb Witherow - AZ
“Carol and children, This a hard time for all of you, my thoughts are with you. Lots of years and lots of memories. Love you Carol.
4 of 22 | Posted by: Anna Isbell - Eatpn Rapids, MI
“Tina and Jennifer our condolence for the loss of your father and grandfather. This special man in your lives will alway live within your hearts.
5 of 22 | Posted by: Jack, Jr and Darlene Mure - IN
“So sorry to hear of Neal passing away. Our deepest sympathy to the entire Witherow family at this difficult time. He, along with Carol, were true...Read More »
6 of 22 | Posted by: Dave & Rose Holloman - Suffolk, VA
“I knew Neal almost his entire business life & have always had the greatest respect for his no-nonsense approach to things & his soft & caring heart...Read More »
7 of 22 | Posted by: bruce cheadle - grand rapids, MI
“Timmy, Paula & Family -
Sending my deepest sympathy on the passing of your Dad. I knew he was a big part of your lives and he will be deeply missed...Read More »
8 of 22 | Posted by: Sandra Lyons - Logansport, IN
“yep knew him all my life he was man that made people in come too him when they needed parts for there car he was cheap on price at times but...Read More »
9 of 22 | Posted by: neal; grimes - villa rica, GA
Over all the years all I remember is you working, working, and working even more and if you were not at the auto parts store you were...Read More »
10 of 22 | Posted by: Don Peterman - Marquette, MI
“So sorry for the family's loss. I truly know he will be greatly missed by your family and the community of Buchanan.
11 of 22 | Posted by: Jeanne Harris - Buchanan, MI
“Oh Neal! You will be greatly missed. We loved visiting with you at the store or even at the local car cruises. We always could count on you to...Read More »
12 of 22 | Posted by: Curtis and Shannon Collins - MI
“I'm so sorry for the family's loss; Neal was the type of person that you never forgot once you've met them.I will never forget going to Neal's Auto...Read More »
13 of 22 | Posted by: Lisa Marsh-McCarty - Buchanan, MI
“Our condolences to the Witherow family. Friends, classmates and neighbors for many years. Neal will always be in our memories.
14 of 22 | Posted by: Clarence Miller - Buchanan, MI
“Buchanan has once agoain lost a good friend and business man.
Have known Neal for many years and can remember some of the times when we would all...Read More »
15 of 22 | Posted by: Larry Money - Buchanan, MI
“Just a few lines to offer my thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of Neal. I worked with Neal and Charlie for 8 years and it was quite an...Read More »
16 of 22 | Posted by: Lon McGuire - Buchasnan, MI
“I have known Neal for 40 + years, and have to say he is one of those persons in life you just have in your heart forever. I had not seen Neal for a...Read More »
17 of 22 | Posted by: Larry Metzger - Galien, MI
“I was running for city office and went into Emry's Restaurant for breakfast. Upon entering Tom and I said Hi to several of the local business owners...Read More »
18 of 22 | Posted by: Sara and Tom Bates - Buchanan, MI
“I knew Neal for a very long time...when I was a child I would go to his shop to get STP stickers and drink orange pop and pet the doberman pincher he...Read More »
19 of 22 | Posted by: Garrett Summers - Buchanan, MI
“So very sorry to hear of Neal's Passing. He was so much like family to most of us. Friends with my father Sam Marshall for so many years and to all...Read More »
20 of 22 | Posted by: Margie Rapp - Buchanan, MI
“Neal was a great person and will be missed by many
21 of 22 | Posted by: Robert & Jackie Lockamy - MI
“To Neals Family
We have known and done business with Neal for 40 years. We shared a lot of good times and stories together. Neal was always there...Read More »
22 of 22 | Posted by: Craig & Marcy Rudell - Buchanan, MI
Neal Edward Witherow, age 79, of Buchanan, Michigan, beloved father, grandfather and lifelong friend to many, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 22, 2013.
He is survived by his four children, Toni Deal, Thomas K. (Holly) Witherow, CPA, Timothy (Paula) Witherow and Tina (Mark) Krumrie and former wife and friend since age 15, Carol Walter. Neal is also survived by twenty grandchildren - Carl, Tonya, Tommy, Annette, Belinda, Carrie, Angela, Brandon, Jennifer, Alisa, Vanesa, Timothy, Aaron, Taylor, Michael, Raquel, Trevor, Cash, Lauren and Brooklyn and sixteen great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his sister Pearl Decker and is survived by two sisters Rosalie Ditz, Niles, MI, Patricia Peterman, Goodrich, MI and Joseph Witherow, Queen Creek, Arizona.
Neal was born June 1, 1933 in Brookville, PA to the late Cash and Dolly (Hindeliter) Witherow. After his father's death, at the age of 3, his family moved to and he grew up in the VFW Home in Eaton Rapids, MI., the organization that serves the nation by providing housing and support for fallen veteran's families. Neal was a 1951 graduate of Eaton Rapids High School and a 1956 Graduate of Western Michigan University. He also served in the United States Army as a 1st Lieutenant. Most know Neal as the owner and founder of Neal's Auto Parts in Buchanan, Michigan, where Neal serviced the community for 49 years until his recent illness, including assisting with the start up several Buchanan area businesses. Neal was also a member of the Granger Community Church, Granger, IN.
Friends may visit with the Family from 3:00 to 8:00 PM on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at the Swem Funeral Home, 301 W. Front Street, Buchanan, Michigan. Funeral Services will be at the Swem Funeral Home starting 10:30 AM on Monday, January 28, 2013 with internment at the Oak Ridge Cemetery where military rites will be given by Post 51 American Legion.
The family will also be hosting a gathering at the American Legion for all friends and family at 1:00 PM after the services. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to VFW National Home for Children, 3573 South Waverly Road, Eaton Rapids, MI 48827. To sign his guest book or leave a condolence message, please visit our web site www.swemchapel.com.