Eric P. Witherite (1974 - 2016)

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Eric P. Witherite, age 41, of Millcreek Township, passed away Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, at his residence, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on Oct. 21, 1974, in DuBois, Pa., the son of Donald Witherite of DuBois and Brenda Krach Hendricks (Edwin) of Rockton, Pa.
Eric graduated from DuBois High School in 1994 where he was a three year starter for the football and wrestling teams. Eric transferred from Slippery Rock University in 1996 to Gannon University to wrestle and graduated in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in elementary education. He was inducted into the Gannon University Athletic Hall of Fame and received the Golden Knight Courage Award in 2016. Eric attended Edinboro University to receive his master's degree in school administration.
Eric taught in the Millcreek Township School District at Chestnut Hill Elementary School (12 years) and was the head varsity wrestling coach at McDowell H.S. for nine years, where he rebuilt McDowell's wrestling program to be a state-recognized program.
Eric enjoyed anything his sons were involved in: wrestling, golfing, NASCAR, and the Steelers.
Besides his parents, Eric is survived by his beloved wife, Amy M. Skrbin Witherite; two sons, Luke and Hayden; one sister, Tanya Witherite; five brothers: Jason, Donald, and Shawn Witherite, Grant and David Hendricks; his grandparents, Ann and Donald Witherite, Irene Shannon; his mother-in-law, Donna Skrbin; his father-in-law, Ronald Skrbin.
He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Jean Hendricks and grandfather, William Hendricks.
Friends may call from 2:30-8 p.m. today, Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, the Dusckas-Martin Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 4216 Sterrettania Rd., Erie, Pa., and are invited there on Monday for the funeral service at 10 a.m. Private interment.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Memories of Love Foundation, PO Box 58027, Jacksonville, FL 32241-9906 or to the ALS Association of Western PA, c/o Eric Witherite, 416 Lincoln Ave., Millvale, PA 15209.
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Published in The Courier Express on Feb. 21, 2016