David Southwick

September 21, 1935October 24, 2013

Craige David Southwick of Terre Haute and formerly of Burlington and Glassboro, NJ and Towson, MD, passed away on Thursday, October 24, 2013.

He was born on September 21, 1935 in Burlington, the only child of Horace Craige and Marion Frances (Coombs) Southwick. David attended the Church Farm School in Paoli, PA during his Jr. and Sr. high school years. During that time he was the crucifer in the Farm School Chapel. He graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor's Degree in History and Political Science. He received a Certificate of Teaching for grades 6 – 12 in New Jersey. David completed graduate work in Social Work and Business at Temple University in Philadelphia and the University of Maryland.

He was a member and past president of Theta Phi Kappa at Rutgers. After graduation, he served in the U.S. Army and the Army National Guard teaching Radio Communications.

David worked as Program Director of the Towson YMCA for 6 years and was employed with CBS where he worked as Director of Human Resources until his retirement after 28 years.

He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church where he sang in the choir until recently. For many years, David was a Rotarian, member of the Elks, board member of the United Way, sponsor of church youth groups, Tri-Hi-Y and Y Teens sponsor, Little League baseball coach, Weeblos Boy Scout leader, Leader of Indian Guides Fathers and Sons, active participant in the Wabash Valley Personnel Association, member of the German Oberlandler Club and council president for several churches in NJ and Indiana.

For over 20 years, he had been an operator and co-owner of Windswept Acres Antiques and Collectibles. He was an accomplished lecturer, historian and photographer, winning several prizes and awards. He was an amateur cartoonist and writer of Supernatural Happenings in New Jersey as well as composing hundreds of limericks.

David is survived by his wife Martha of almost 53 years, his sons, Mark David and Sherri Southwick of Clinton, Keith Edward and Jennifer Southwick of Greenwood, Paul Eric Southwick of Terre Haute; daughter Dara Elayne and Corwin Moore of Westminster, MD; grandchildren, Jaren Southwick, Courtney Moore, Gretchen Southwick, Neeli Southwick, Hollan Southwick, Emirie Southwick, Brandon Southwick, Nathan Southwick; special family members, Rebecca Southwick, Kathy Lewis, Gina, Ahren, and Matthew Stanis, Julie, Daniel, Diego, Giovanni Farias, and Ruth, Kirsten, and Teghan Openlander.

He was preceded in death by his parents, mother-in-law and father-in-law, and most recently his 20 year old grandson Corwin "Corey" Alan Moore II.

Visitation will be from 9 until 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Trinity Lutheran Church. A funeral ceremony will be held at 11 on Saturday at the church with Rev. Dana Newhouse officiating. Private family burial with military rites performed by American Legion Post 104 will take place at Roselawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Parke-Vermillion County Humane Society, P.O. Box 155, Clinton, IN 47842. David had been a volunteer for the shelter because of his love for animals. Donations may also be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 2620 Ohio Blvd., Terre Haute, IN 47803 or The Church Farm School, for a scholarship to be established in David's name, 1001 East Lincoln Highway, Efton, PA 19341. Online condolences may be made at


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October 27, 2013

Dear Martha, We have always thought of David & you as dear friends and are very saddened by his passing. However, we were told he would only have had a short time remaining. It is for the best. God's will is supreme. Those of us who remain are sad & will miss him sorely. We are convinced he is in a far better place and suffering no longer. We pray for you and your family & wish you all the best. Sorry we could not attend the visitation or funeral as we had an auction scheduled.
With much love & understanding, your friends,
Jim & Jan Smith

Marilyn & John Klug

October 27, 2013

David and Martha have been friends of ours for many years through the Oberlandler Club and through the selling of Boyds Bears. He was always friendly and never failed to ask how are you and how is the farm doing. We cherish his friendliness and concerns.

Lila Camp

October 26, 2013

Martha, I am so sorry I can not be there for you. I tried to call you several days last week as I knew David was in the hospital I should have left a message. I am so sorry that you have lost the love of your life. David was such a great guy. Take it one day at a time and know that I love you. I will contact you later.

Jeff Sweitzer

October 26, 2013

I never had the priviledge of meeting David. I do however work with his son Keith. Keith is an outstanding individual and I have to believe that he turned out to be the person that he is in large part because of his father's guidance, example and influence. May God provide comfort to the Southwick family at this difficult time.

Al Proudfoot

October 25, 2013

We didn't have the pleasure of meeting Dave but his son, Keith, is a tribute to a man that was clearly extrordinary. Prayers from the Proudfoot family.

April Manning

October 25, 2013

Thoughts and strength to you and yours, Mark...

Rhonda Brower Terstegge

October 25, 2013

Dave was a very nice man with a sense of humor. He was in Human Resources at Columbia House when I worked there. My thoughts and prayers to the family.