Harold E. McWhertor, 90

Harold E. McWhertor, 90, of Shenango on the Green in New Wilmington died Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at his residence.

Born June 3, 1924 in Sharon, he was the son of the late Thomas and Margaret Bowen McWhertor. He was married for 64 years to Jean Clark McWhertor who passed away June 25, 2014.

Harold retired in 1990 following 40 years of service at the Aetna Standard in Ellwood City where he was the chief engineer. Following his high school graduation, Harold attended Westminster College until he was called to active duty with the US Navy in 1943. Upon his honorable discharge from the service, he finished school and received his Bachelor’s Degree from Westminster College. Harold then received his Master’s Degree in Engineering from Case Institute of Technology in Cleveland. He was a member of First United Methodist Church where he served as a Trustee and the Church Treasurer. Harold was a 63 year member and Past Master of the Masonic Lodge #599 in Ellwood City where he held the office of treasurer for 25 years. Very active with the Masons, he held various leadership roles at the Scottish Rite, the York Rite, and the Syria Shrine. He was also active with the Boy Scouts, having served on the Moraine Trail Council for 47 years. He had been awarded the Silver Beaver Award and the Distinguished Service Award. He was also a member of the Ellwood City Rotary Club. Harold was a Volunteer Income Tax Preparer for 21 years with the local VITA Program. His hobbies included stamp collecting, coin collecting, and home maintenance.

Survivors include three sons, Thomas E. (Janice) McWhertor of Grand Rapids, MI, Daniel C. (Mary) McWhertor of Plantation, FL, Martin H. (Nanette) McWhertor of Costa Mesa, CA; daughter, Jill E. McWhertor of Costa Mesa, CA; nine grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.

In addition to this parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a brother, Emmett McWhertor.

Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, November 30 from 1:30 pm until the time of the Funeral Service at 3:00 pm at the First United Methodist Church in Ellwood City. His pastor, Rev. Pat Cleary will officiate. A Masonic Service will be held at 1:20 pm on Sunday at the Church. Private family interment will follow in the Oakwood Cemetery in Sharon.

Memorial Contributions may be sent to the Ellwood City Rotary Club, Moraine Trails Council of the Boy Scouts, or the Shenango Presbyterian Senior Care Home.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Marshall Funeral Home, Ellwood City. Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

4 thoughts on “Harold E. McWhertor, 90

  1. Don Clark- Harold wasmy best man when we were married 6/9/51, Jean was a sorority sister of my wife, Joan, at Westminster..I was not aware of the death of Jean until I read Harold's obituary. The family has our Sympathies. on said:

    Haroldwasmy Best Man when we were married6/9/51, and Jean was a sorority sister of Joan’s at Westminster. I was not aware of Jean’s death until I read Harold’ obituary. You have our sympathies onthe passing of both of your patrents.

    • Dear Don,
      Thank you for your thoughts. My dad thought of you at the time of my mom’s passing in June but thought he did not have a current address or phone number for you. In his last months, Dad struggled with kidney failure and elected not to do dialysis. Dad passed away peacefully. I’m glad that you saw the notice in the paper. May you and your family have a blessed new year.

      Thank you again, Jill (Jean and Harold’s daughter) jillmcwhertor@gmail.com

  2. Our deepest sympathy, Harold was a good friend. We spent many good times doing necessary things around the church. I will miss his knowledge and advice of the many projects we did.
    He was also a lodge brother and passed on his masonic knowledge to many of us.

    Love and prayers
    Harry and MaryLou

  3. Dear Tom and Janice,
    It is a hard thing to lose both parents in the same year so Mark and I are holding you up in our prayers. It seems our parents should live forever in this life, but God knows their time and calls them home in His good timing. Hold on to to the memories of good times with them letting the hard ones fade away. Thinking about your family on Monday and during this time of family adjustment.

    Ann and Mark Fackler

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