John Andrew Withey

John Andrew Withey, 69, passed away on January 16, 2015 in Nassau Bay, TX.  He was born on April 25, 1945 in Ann Arbor, MI to Charles D. Withey and Alice D. Newman-Withey.

John is survived by his wife Amelia Withey; daughters, Laura Withey-Thornton, Lisa Withey and Sarah Withey; son John Withey; step children Audra Simpson and Teddy Childers III, sister Nancy Harris; brother, Charles Withey; his precious grandchildren, Benjamin Withey, Jacob Thornton, Natalie Simpson, Logan Thornton, Tyler Simpson, Caleb Thornton, Teddy Childers IV, Winter Withey, Maggie Childers and Siena Withey; and numerous other family members and friends.

When his nation called, John joined the United States Air Force.  He then earned a BS in Technology Management from American University in Washington D.C.  John worked as a database engineer for Boeing for 35 years.  He had a passion for life and loved to spend time with his family and friends, especially his grandchildren.  John was kind, patient, generous and loving.  He will be missed by all that knew him.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Crowder Funeral Home in Webster.  A Funeral Service and interment will follow on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 11:30 am at the Houston National Cemetery Chapel (10410 Veteran’s Memorial Drive, Houston 77038).

In lieu of flowers those wishing to make a memorial donation in John’s memory may do so to the Wounded Warrior Project (  Please include in the acknowledgement section: John Withey 1006 Lake Country Drive, Taylor Lake Village, TX 77586.

 I have this feeling, there is one more star up in the sky tonight,

And even though it is far away

Its brightness and warmth still reaches us here to make the night a little less dark


  1. Got a call from my dad this morning. Hard to imagine. I remember when John transferred here long ago. He stayed for a while with my dad, John Bechtle, Sr. at our house. Good times all around. Withey was a great man and will be missed. Of course my very best to the family. Dad and I just went to the Texans’ game several weeks ago and sat in John’s seats. RIP big John

    John Bechtle Jr.
  2. John was a gentleman with a heart as big as Texas. He touched the lives of everyone who worked with him, even those of us in Washington, who mostly communicated by phone or email. His enthusiasm for Boeing, his zest for life and his love for his family were apparent to anyone who spent more than 5 minutes in coversation with him. It was an honor to know and work with John. My heart goes out to his family and friends.

    Jodie Ray Kelley
  3. What a wonderful man John was. He liked everyone and everyone liked him. He was always smiling and laughing and so much fun to be around. He loved life and he loved to have fun. John was a giver and would do anything for anyone. When we had conversations it was usually about his family. He loved them very much and they were very important to him. It is true the good die young. RIP my friend.

    Pat Ashley
  4. I got to know John via work in clear Lake. I was fresh from Utah and he went out of his way to be friendly. Plus he was such a smart ass. We hit it of immediately!
    He was one of my favorite people in Houston. We spent many days hacking it on the golf course and enjoying briscuit.
    R I P good friend. I will miss you

    George Comish
  5. My love and prayers go out to the Withey family. John was always such a fun-spirited, happy person, who made you very aware how much he loved his family. I’m very honored to have been able to spend time with him, and the family, just recently as well as many times over the last 15+ years when Sarah was in town. His patience, kindness, generosity and gigantic smile will always be remembered.

    May you rest in peace, John, and share your heart and smile with those in heaven.

    Jerusha Terry

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