John J. Wittman, 83, of Belton, formerly of Marshall, died Saturday, April 2, 2005, at St. Joseph Health Care Center in Kansas City.
Cremation. Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 8, at St. Peter Catholic Church in Marshall. Father Kevin Gormley will officiate. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery in Clifton City. Memorials are suggested to St. Joseph Cemetery Association in care of Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Marshall.
Born July 12, 1921, in Clifton City, he was the son of the late Henry Wittman and Mary Theresa Lorenz Wittman. On March 13, 1946, he married Eulah Kathryn Paulin, who preceded him in death June 14, 2001. On June 8, 2003, he married Virginia Walz Smith, who survives of the home. He moved to Marshall in 1934 and was a 1938 graduate of Mercy Academy in Marshall. He had lived in Belton since 2003, moving from Marshall. He worked as an inspector and operator for the Saline County Public Water Supply District No. 3 for 12 years. He was a Merchant Marine, serving from 1942 to 1946, and was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church in Marshall.
Additional survivors include two sisters, Jeanette Thomas and Jeanelle Brown, both of Marshall; two stepsons, James Cox of Belton and Tim Cox of Seminole, Fla.; two stepdaughters, Leslie Smith Kennedy of Sedalia, Colo., and Cindy Bell of Belton; six stepgrandchildren; one stepgreat-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and first wife, he was preceded in death by one brother, Herbert Wittman; and one sister, Mary Kathryn Gumm.