The Rev. C. Leroy Doverspike

The Rev. C. Leroy Doverspike, 77, York New Salem, formerly of Altoona, entered in to God’s eternal care on Friday at home.

He was the loving husband of Wanda Lou (Mattern) Doverspike for 54 years.

He was born in Troutville, son of the late Rev. C. R. and Mabel L. (Shaffer) Doverspike.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his three children: Michal Renee Buchanan and husband, Mark, of York, K. Reed Doverspike of Upper Marboro, Md., and Tina Marie Colton and husband, William, of Wellsboro; four grandchildren: Rachel and Rebekah Buchanan and Noah and Abigail Colton; a brother, the Rev. Fred Doverspike and wife, Connie, of Rochester Mills; and two sisters: Arlene Voris of Punxsutawney and Thelma Bence and husband, Dale, of Schellsburg.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Verla Shafer.

Leroy received his bachelor’s degree from Asbury College and his Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary, both in Wilmore, Ky., and was ordained an Elder in the United Methodist Church, Central PA Conference, in June 1966.

His appointments included Oriole-Oval-Antes Fort Charge, Trevorton, Marathon-Fayetteville-Newtonville Churches in West Ohio Conference while attending seminary. He later served Trinity, Altoona, and First United Methodist, Greencastle. Leroy was then appointed the founding pastor to start the new Aldersgate United Methodist congregation, Mechanicsburg. Further appointments included Wellsboro United Methodist Church and Lohr’s Memorial United Methodist Church, Hanover.

During his years of ministry, Leroy served in various ministries beyond the local church, including Northumberland-Snyder County Migrant Ministry, the Red Cross Board of Directors and the Conference Council of Finance and Administration. He held various offices in local ministeriums and chaired the Conference Division on Loans under the Board of Global Ministries. He also served as president and second vice president of Hanover Area Council of Churches and was corresponding secretary of the Bethel Park Camp Meeting Association and Board of Directors from 1974 to 2014.

After retiring in 1999, he worked for York Wallcoverings. In April 2004, he joined the staff of Bethany United Methodist Church, Red Lion, as coordinator of caring ministries. Leroy was a long-time blood donor to the American Red Cross, having donated in excess of 20 gallons.

A viewing and a time to share memories with the family will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at Wetzel Funeral Home and Crematory, 549 Carlisle St., Hanover, and from 10 a.m. until the noon celebration of life Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at First United Methodist Church, 801 Allegheny St., Hollidaysburg, with the Rev. Ron Doverspike officiating. Burial will be in New Canoe Creek Cemetery, Canoe Creek.

Contributions may be made in Leroy’s memory to Bethany United Methodist Church, 121 W. Broadway, Red Lion, PA 17356. To share memories of the Rev. C. Leroy Doverspike and view a video tribute, please visit