Raymond Witt, 83, passed away Sunday, November 10, 2013, surrounded by his loved ones in his home in Rancho Bernardo. Born April 29, 1930, he grew up in Cicero, IL, with his brother's, Edward, Leonard and Eugene, and sister, Dolores.
Raymond joined the United States Marines Corp. when he was 16 years old. While fighting for our country in the Korean War
he received Purple Heart
medal. After 21 years of service he retired as a Gunnery Sergeant.
In 1953 Raymond was a groomsman in his friend's wedding and was paired up with a beautiful young woman named Marcella. Shortly after the wedding, Raymond received his orders to report in San Diego, CA, at MCRD. Marcella romantically pursued him across the country with a vague intuition from when they had previously been acquainted in Cicero. Raymond married Marcella J. Witt (who preceded him in 2007) on January 9, 1954, in San Diego. They enjoyed their days gardening, teaching their three sons, Ray Witt (preceded in 1991), Russell Witt (residing in Escondido), and Roger Witt (residing in Fallbrook) the finer points of golf, and their two daughters, Linda Peart (residing in Escondido) and Gail Vahidi (residing in Poway) how to be strong and independent.
A great-grandfather to some and a great-great-grandfather to one who will unfortunately never get to know the kind, honest, forgiving, and WITTY man our father and grandfather was. Taking over his beloved wife's influence on the ever-growing legacy of 29 predecessors, Raymond Witt became the glue that held the family together. A patriarch of the most unprejudiced, where in his company you would enjoy his humor, feel the warmth of his charisma and watch his generosity bloom.
In memory of a hero, we will miss and remember our Father, Grandpa, Brother and True Friend always.
He was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church in Poway, the VFW
and Elks Lodge
. He enjoyed golfing, gardening, horse racing and being with his family.
The memorial mass will be held on Friday, December 6, 2013, at 10am at St. Michaels with a full military honors burial at Dearborn Memorial Park at 11:30am in Poway.