John Wittman

John Wittman KNOXVILLE, TN- John Wittman passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 at his home surrounded by family. He was born in Stuttgart, Arkansas, on Jan. 3, 1930, to John and Lucile Wittman. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Eddie Wittman. John attended Tulane University but his education was put on hold while he served in the United States Air Force for four years during the Korean conflict. He spent two and one-half years in Nagoya, Japan during his military service. On his return to the United States, he was stationed in Missouri where he met his future wife, Shirley Hanks. They were married March 20, 1955, and were blessed with two children, Kent and Karyn. He continued his education obtaining a BBA degree from Southern Arkansas University, and an MBA and Ph.D from the University of Arkansas. In 1960 he began his teaching career in the Economics Department of Texas Tech University where he retired as Professor Emeritus in 1990. He also served as an economic consultant to the legal profession for over 30 years, testifying as an expert witness. The Wittmans had many hobbies but the one that the entire family enjoyed was traveling with their Airstreams and enjoying the activities of the Wally Byam Caravan Club where John served as a Region President. Not only did they travel all over the United States, they also covered every province of Canada, from Newfoundland and Labrador on the east to British Columbia and the Yukon on the west. John bragged that they drove every paved road in Alaska and some that weren't paved. In 2009 John and Shirley moved from Lubbock, Texas, to Knoxville, Tenn. He is survived by his loving wife; their son, Kent Wittman and wife Susan of Dallas, Texas, and sons Taylor and Austin Wagner; and their daughter, Dr. Karyn Casey, husband, Dr. Michael Casey, and son, Michael John Kent Casey. He is also survived by a brother, Waymon Wittman and wife Barbara of Naperville, Ill.; a sister, Cindy Ontiveros and husband Jerry of Lubbock, Texas; as well as several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 6500 Northshore Drive, Knoxville, Tenn., 37919 on March 9th at 3:30 p.m. The family requests any donations go to Westminster Presbyterian Church of Knoxville, Caris Healthcare Hospice or any favorite charity.

Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Mar. 5, 2013