Robert J. Witter, 81, of Sandusky, died Tuesday afternoon, May 8, 2007, in Firelands Regional Medical Center, Main Campus, after a brief illness.
He was born Oct. 1, 1925, in Perry, Ohio, and retired from Union Chain in 1993 after 43 years of service. He was a WWII veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving as a seaman 1st class on the USS Ommaney Bay, which was sunk in the Sulu Sea, January 1945. He was a member of American Legion Post 83, VFW Post 2529, and a former member of the Machinists' Union. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially following sporting events, and was an avid Cleveland sports fan.
Mr. Witter is survived by his children, Larry Witter of Sandusky, David (Ruth) Witter Sr. of Huron, and Suzanne (Bill) Walton and Ricky (Sharon) Witter, both of Sandusky; a stepson, Patrick McCallum of Columbus; 13 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; brothers, Paul and Richard Witter; sisters, Dorothy Foreman and Shirley Toney; a half-sister, Darlene Krieger; half brothers, Cleetus Witter Jr. and Rodger Witter; and his stepmother, Lois Witter.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Alberta M. (Steffenhagen) Witter on May 16, 1981; his second wife, Roberta D. (Steffenhagen) Witter on May 7, 1991; his parents, Cleetus B. Witter and Marguerite (Murphy) Marble; sisters, Rosemary Martin and Marjorie Lundell; a half sister, Ethel Airwyke; a grandson, Mark Witter in 1976; and a great-granddaughter, Amanda Trumbull in 1988.
Friends will be received from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. today in Groff Funeral Home, 1607 E. Perkins Ave., Sandusky, where funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday. The Rev. Robert Patton of St. Stephen United Church of Christ will officiate. Burial will follow in Meadow Green Memorial Park, Huron.
Memorial contributions may be made to Stein Hospice Services Inc., 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870.
Condolences may be sent to grofffuneralhomes.com.