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Forrest Paul Witter

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Forrest Paul Witter Nov 1, 1926-Jan 30, 2013 On January 30, 2013, the inquisitive mind and welcoming personality of Forrest engaged us for the last time. As he was a voracious reader of a wide swath of literature, it was rare to get far into a conversation without him asking if you had read this book, or that book. Ideas were close friends that continually nourished his thought, and in so doing, nourished the thinking of those around him. Born November 1, 1926 in Creedmoor, Texas to Robert Edward Witter and Dona Terry Witter, he grew up during the Depression of the 1930's, graduated at the age of 17 from Austin High School in 1944, and, as with others of the Greatest Generation, immediately enlisted in the U.S. Navy during WWII. Forrest served in the Pacific Theater as a fireman aboard the aircraft carrier USS Essex. After WWII, he graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 1950 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a commission in the U.S. Army Military Police Corps. Although not designated as career military, Forrest volunteered and served on active duty in the U.S. during the Korean War and later served in Korea during the Vietnam War. It was during this time that he made one of the best decisions of his life by marrying Linda in 1968. He retired from the Army Reserves as a major in 1976, and continued to be active with his military brethren through VFW Post 8787. Following his military service, Forrest was employed by the National Federation of Independent Business as a District Representative in the Dallas area. Upon retiring from the NFIB in 1990, he and Linda moved from Irving, Texas to Austin. He is survived by his wife Linda, and ten nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and step-mother, Nola Witter, and brothers Bruce, Harvey, and Bill, and sisters Frances Leifeste and Vivian Hughes. The family especially would like to thank Dr. Patrick Nolan and Dr. Dennis Welch for their sensitive care. As Forrest requested, there will be no memorial service, and any memorial contributions should be of personal choice. At a later date, internment will be in the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, Texas. Professional services entrusted to Cook-Walden Funeral Home, 6100 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin, Texas. Condolences may be sent to www.cookwaldenfuneralhome.com


Published in Austin American-Statesman on Feb. 10, 2013
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