YURKO, Dr. Anthony Andrew Jr., of Weirton, entered peacefully into the family of God on March 13, 2013, in the presence of his wife Carolyn, brother, John, and grandson, Drew.
He was born on Sept. 14, 1934, to the late Dr. Anthony Andrew Yurko Sr. and Dorothy Evans Yurko.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Carolyn (Conner) Yurko. Also surviving are their three children and ten grandchildren which include their eldest son, Anthony Andrew Yurko III and his wife Kimberly (Livingston) and their children, Christine, Anthony Andrew IV (Drew), Bethany and Leah; their second son, Dr. Karl Emory Yurko and his wife Jennifer (Gebhardt) and their three daughters, Sara, Karla, and Megan; their third son, Thomas Conner Yurko and his wife Christine (Moore) and their three children, Conner, Victoria, and Rachel.
Other surviving members include his loving brother, Dr. John Evans Yurko and his wife Cheryl of Morehead City, NC, and their six children; his sister, Tegwen Yurko Buckner and her four children.
Dr. Yurko maintained a surgical practice at Weirton Medical Center for 30 years, retiring in 1996 to maintain his home, with his love of gardening, dogs, home production of maple syrup, golfing, and mentoring his grandchildren.
Dr. Yurko could be seen most days riding his blue Ford tractor over his 14 acres, or bent over weeding and watering his vegetable gardens, or collecting white maple syrup buckets from tapped sugar maples on his property with the help of loving friends, Rusty Fish and son, Skyler.
But most of all, he will be remembered for his work ethic, storytelling, sense of humor, and dedication to his crafts and family.
There will be a gathering of family and friends to celebrate the life of Dr. Yurko on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 from 4-8 p.m. at Greco- Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street, Weirton.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, All Saints Anglican Church 92 McCabe Road, New Port, NC 28570 or to the charity of your choice. Share tributes and memories at www.grecohertnick.com