David Wesley Winans


David Wesley Winans, 90, of Warren, Pa., died peacefully at the John and Orpha Blair Hospice House on Dec. 21, 2021.

David was born on June 11, 1931, in Warren, Pa to the late Cecil Carpenter Winans and Helen St John Winans.

David was a 1949 graduate of Warren High School. He served in the U.S. Army as a staff sergeant and M.P., stateside, during the Korean War. David attended Allegheny College graduating in 1955. He worked for the Bell Telephone Company for a time and then returned to Warren where he purchased his father’s insurance business in 1959.

David loved and served his community well. He joined the First United Methodist Church in 1942 and served as a trustee, treasurer and member of many committees. He spent twelve years on the Borough Council and served on the Executive Board of the Boys Scouts of America for twenty-five years. He was the Scoutmaster of Troop 9 and received the Silver Beaver Award. David also served as the President and Drive Chairman for the United Way.

He served on the boards of Family Services, the Ruth M. Smith Center, and the Warren Borough Sanitary Authority. David was a trustee for the Struthers Library Theatre for many years. He was a sixty-plus-year member of the Masonic North Star Lodge #241, the Coudersport Consistory, the Kiwanis Club, and the Conewango Club.

Not one to be sedentary, he was an accomplished swimmer, logging 2400 miles in the YMCA pool. He was an avid hunter and hiker and enjoyed fishing at the family cottage in Canada. He loved sailing on the Kinzua Reservoir and later made many boat trips up and down the East Coast. David was always delighted to see his grandchildren and especially enjoyed his great-grandchildren.

David is survived by his children, David Graff Winans (Crissi) of Warren, Julia Winans McTavish (Scott) of Warren: three granddaughters, Jessica St. John Winans (Weston Miller) of Springfield, Oregon, Katelyn Elaine Gilmore (Eric) of Warren, and Rachel St. John McTavish of Buffalo, NY. Three great-grandchildren, Tiera Ann Miller, Grayson David Gilmore, and Jackson Theodore Gilmore. A brother Dennis Craig Winans and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, David was preceded in death on December 12, 2020, by his wife, Gretchen Graff Winans, whom he married on September 8, 1956, and a sister, Martha Jane Winans.

A memorial service will be held for David and Gretchen at the First United Methodist Church on Saturday, January 29, 2022, at 11:00 am with a luncheon to follow at the Conewango Club. Interment will be in the Oakland Cemetery, Warren, Pa.

Memorial donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church 300 Market Street Warren, Pa, or the Struthers Library Theatre 302 W Third Avenue Warren, Pa.

The Peterson-Blick Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements and condolences to the family may be sent by visiting www.petersonblickfuneralhome.com