Glenn J. Witherspoon, 74, a retired chaplain in the Army and the Air Corps. died at the Bethesda Naval Medical Center Sunday following a heart attack.

Col. Witherspoon became a member of the Army chaplains reserve in 1929 while still studying for the ministry. He went on active duty in 1939 and remained in the service until his retirement in 1958. His military assignments included tours as command chaplain of the 5th Air Force in the Pacific in the closing days of World War II and again during the Korean conflict.

Following his retirement, Col. Witherspoon worked with the General Commission on Chaplains in Washington. The organization acts as a liaison between the chaplains in the military and the various religious denominations.

Col. witherspoon was born in Lyons. Kan. He graduated from Southwestern College in winfield, Kan., and then took degrees from the Garret Theological Seminary in Evanston, III., and the Chicago Theological Seminary in Chicago. He was ordained a minister of the Congresational Church in 1930. He served a number of pastorates in Kansas before beginning his active military career.

Survivors include his wife, Irene, of the home in Kensington. Md., a son, Richard Gordon Witherspoon, of San Jose, Calif. a brother, Ward Witherspoon. of coffeyville, Kan: two sisters, Helen Rickey, of Kansas City, Kan., and Neva Fischer, of Mission Hills, Calif., and two grandsons.