Daniel E. Witter, 86, of Port Clinton, and Ruskin, Fla., returned home for the final time on Tuesday, March 4, 2014.
He was born on July 22, 1927, in Ballville Township, Sandusky County Ohio, son of Lawrence and Bessie (Slates) Witter. On July 20, 1949, he married Catherine Eva Batesole from Riley Township, and she survives.
Dan worked at New Departure Hyatt Bearings, a Division of General Motors in Sandusky, until his retirement in 1984. He designed, built, managed and owned Witterhaven Marina, Campground, Train Room, Wind Farm, and DEW Island, located on the Portage River in Port Clinton.
He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Port Clinton where he was founding member of the St. Vincent DePaul Society and a member of the Port Clinton Knights of Columbus Council 1750 and DESOTO Assembly 805.
Dan served in the U.S. Navy as a seaman first class during World War II. He continued his service to the community as an active member and past commander of Alfred E. Dodway American Legion Post 113.
As a lifelong member of the community he served as the Ottawa County Civil Defense director, served two terms on Port Clinton City Council, Third Ward. Served as the Independence Day chairman for the City of Port Clinton several years and was a chair for Port Clinton’s Sesquicentennial Celebration in 1978. He maintained membership at the Moose Lodge and VFW Homer D. Gardner Post 2480.
The highlight of his service to the community was 50 plus active years with the Boy Scouts of America. His service started as Ottawa District Commissioner for Toledo Area Council and continued thru various volunteer positions at the Council and District level, including Scoutmaster of Port Clinton Troop 366. He received Scouting’s highest honor bestowed on volunteers, The Silver Beaver in 1969 and The Bronze Pelican for service to Scouting’s Catholic youth.
Survivors include his wife:, Cathy; children and their partners, Terence and Dianne Witter, of Port Clinton, Connie and Roger Christian, of , Ohio, Scott and Mary Ann Witter, of Marblehead, Jeff and Stacey Witter, of Sandusky, and Cynthia and John Oleksiak, of Parma, Ohio; grandchildren, Jason Witter, Jessica and Gene Patrick, Beth and Ricardo Rivas, Ruthann Wehrle, Roseann and Ryan Todd, Emily and Wally Lang, Daniel and Melissa Witter, Mattie Witter, Lindsey Witter, Allison Witter, Keith Streng; great-grandchildren: Nicholas Hurt, Cameron Hurt, Dominic Hurt, Wyatt Hall, Jarett Hall, Chloe Dorton, Katee Todd, Rosemarie Todd, Allie Lang, Conner Witter, Sabrina Johnson, Jaidyn Streng, Ryleigh Streng and Kailynn Streng; and brother and sister-in-lsw, Leon and Rose Witter, of Defiance, Ohio.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Bessie Witter, and granddaughter, Kara Hurt.
Visitation will be 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 7, at Neidecker, LeVeck & Crosser Funeral Home, 1124 Fulton St., Port Clinton, where prayers will be said at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 8, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 414 Madison St., Port Clinton. The Rev. John C. Missler will officiate. Private burial will take place at a later date at Lakeview Cemetery in Port Clinton.
Memorial contributions may be made to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church or to the St. Vincent DePaul Society.
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