Reverend Donald E. Marple, age 88, of New Creek, passed away on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at WVU Ruby Memorial Hospital. Born on January 8, 1933 in Luke, MD, he was the son of Bersey C. and Regina P. Marple.
Don graduated from Bruce High School, Class of 1951. He attended Zion Bible Institute in Providence, RI where two life changing events occurred: Don graduated with a pastoral ministry degree and he met his helpmate and bride Margery J. Marple. They were married at Zion Bible Institute on June 1, 1954 and were happily married for 62 years.
Don became an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God. He pastored at several churches throughout the years beginning with Elk Garden Assembly of God in Elk Garden, WV, Central Assembly of God in Cumberland, MD, and Norwich Assembly of God, Norwich, CT, finishing his career at Elk Garden Assembly of God until his retirement. Don was honored with a 50 Year Ministry Award from the Potomac District Network of the Assemblies of God.
In addition to loving and caring for his family, Don enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time at the family hunting camp. Music was very important to the Marple family. Don was a gifted trombone player and loved playing with his wife, brothers and son. Don loved reading his Bible and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with others. His life was a great example for his family and community. Don was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and great-great grandfather.
Don is survived by three children, Vickie Szabo and husband Stephen, Joyce McIntyre and husband Terry, and Donald Marple, Jr and wife Patti; grandchildren, Cori Wiltrout and husband Kenny, Jason McIntyre and wife Tasha, Christopher Szabo and wife Sarah, Jordan McIntyre and wife Kendra, Donald R. Marple and wife Claire, Nathan Marple and wife Abby; 12 great grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild; two brothers, David Marple, Gary Marple and wife Barbara, and three nieces and one nephew.
In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by the love of his life, his wife, Margery J. Marple in March 2017; and a brother, Bersey "Bob" Marple.
Friends will be received at the Elk Garden Assembly of God on Friday, April 16, 2021 from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM, at which time the funeral service will be officiated by Rev. Todd Marple, assisted by Rev. Joe Tichinel and Pastor Greg Moreland. Interment will be held in I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Elk Garden, WV. Pallbearers will be Jason McIntyre, Christopher Szabo, Jordan McIntyre, Donald R. Marple, Nathan Marple and Kenneth Wiltrout.
The Marple family would like to thank the ICU and Respiratory Therapy staffs at Potomac Valley Hospital and Ruby Memorial Hospital Medical ICU for the compassionate care shown to Don during his illness.
The C & S Fredlock Funeral Home, P.A., Oakland is honored to be serving the Marple family at this time.