John Oscar Wittman, 82, passed away at his home after a lengthy illness with glioblastoma brain tumor with his family at his side. He was born December 3, 1938 the son of the late Edwin and Esther (Foerster) Wittman. John graduated from Troy High School. He was united in marriage to Roberta Zimmerman on December 11, 1965.
He is survived by his wife “Bertie” of 55 years, who together built a lifetime of memories involving their 2 children. Together they raised 2 daughters, Cheryl (Steve) Southwood and Tina (Mike) DeVillez. He loved his son-in-laws as if they were his own sons. He is also survived by 2 granddaughters and 1 grandson. Hayleigh (Ezra) Phillips, John-David DeVillez and Allyson Southwood (Jonas Phillips). His grandchildren were always at the center of his attention, as well as his 4-legged, rat terrier friend, Belle. He lived to welcome home his first great grandbaby, Aria Layne-Sophia Phillips, who created the last sparkle in his eyes.
John has an older brother Clarence (Helen) Wittman and 2 sisters, Darlene Wittman and the late Arlene Wittman. He also has 2 brothers-in-law, John Zimmerman and the late Charles Zimmerman.
He served in the U.S. Air Force and also served on the board of directors for the New Boston Fire Department. He worked at Emge, Can-Tex and retired from Foertsch Construction. He was a lifelong member of St. John's Lutheran Church, where he served as trustee for numerous years. His faith in the Lord was strong. John was also a member of the American Legion. He was a lifelong farmer and enjoyed raising livestock. He loved fixing things on the farm and piddling on his tractors and Kabota when not busy maintaining his farms. He loved spending time with his family and was respected by so many friends and neighbors. One of his favorite times of the day involved playing with his “little girl” Belle, who you could find snuggled at the end of his recliner watching RFDTV together.
There will be no visitation per John's wishes and also due to covid. There will be a private family burial at St. John's Lutheran Cemetery.
We appreciate all the love and care from Heart to Heart Hospice, Deaconess Chancellor Center and Deaconess Infusion Center. We thank you in advance for any donations or memorial contributions that can be made to the New Boston Fire Department or Heart to Heart Hospice. We also encourage you to support Brain Cancer Awareness in any way possible.
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