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Sgt. James Witkowski Obituary

Tim Ostapuk's favorite memory of James Witkowski is at a friend's house, with a stack of poker chips in front of him and loving the attention of women. "I can't believe you will never walk through our door again with that big smile, piercing baby blues and infective, positive energy," Ostapuk wrote in a tribute. "We have lost a part of our family and the void seems to extend into eternity." Witkowski, 32, of Surprise, Ariz., was killed by a roadside bomb near Ashraf. He attended Arizona State University, enlisted in 2002 and was assigned to Fresno. Everyone called Witkowski by his nicknames "Uncle Jimmy," "Wit" or "'Ski." He was known for engaging in battles of wit, playing softball, arm wrestling and drinking beer. He would happily sing the theme from "SpongeBob SquarePants." Even at war, Witkowski was known as a cut-up. He loved to play his Xbox into the wee hours and throw a football around the motor pool. Fellow soldiers recall seeing him with dip in his lip, head phones dangling over his ear and a smile on his face. He is survived by his parents, James and Barbara.
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Published online on October 30, 2005.

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Published in The Arizona Republic on November 2, 2005
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Published online on October 30, 2005.
Tim Ostapuk's favorite memory of James Witkowski is at a friend's house, with a stack of poker chips in front of him and loving the attention of women. "I can't believe you will never walk... Read Obituary

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