Richard John Witt|
March 8, 1942 ~ May 23, 2011
SALINAS - Richard John Witt, 69, passed away May 23, 2011. He was born March 8, 1942 in Joliet, Illinois.
Richard grew up in Lemont, Illinois where he attended and graduated from St. Cyril School and Lemont Township High School.
Richard proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps for six years during the Viet Nam Era (6th 155mm Howitzer Battery) where he was awarded the Good Conduct Medal and Marksman Rifle Badge. Following his Tour of Duty in the Marine Corps, Richard moved to Southern California where he pursued an education in Architecture at USC. Richard always loved drawing and sketching - his dream was to design and build an English Cottage in Carmel Valley to live in.
Richard was a California State Certified Fire Inspector and served as a reserve Fire Inspector for the City of Orange Fire Prevention Bureau for five years.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Helen Witt and his father, Sylvester Witt.
Richard is survived by his wife of 30 years, Evelyn Witt of Salinas; sister, Nancy Ann Witt of Lemont; brother, Joseph (Joan) Stanley Witt of Lockport, IL; nephew, Christopher (Melissa) Witt, their children, Nicholas and Nathan, all of Bollingbrook, IL; niece, Colleen (Kelly) Wendorff, their children, Charles and Samuel, all of Milwaukee, WI.
A very special thank you to Drs. John Hausdorff, W. Lane Verlenden, Aijaz Ahmed, Waldo Concepcion, Joanne Imperial, Joseph Prendergast, the nursing staff of Terrace West at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, the staff of Monterey Bay Oncology and the staff of the Liver Transplant Clinic at Stanford Medical Center for their care and compassion through the years of Richard's illness.
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 11:00am at Christ Lutheran Church, 820 Imperial Hwy., Brea, CA 92821; a reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall.
Arrangements are by Struve and Laporte Chapel. To offer online condolences, please visit:
Published in The Monterey Herald on June 18, 2011