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DeWitz, Robert W.

Robert W. DeWitz, 87, Wautoma, Wis., passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, at Hope Hospice in Bonita Springs, Fla.

Robert was born Dec. 22, 1925, in Hustisford to Irving and Leona (nee Schultz) DeWitz. He was united in marriage to Janice Hedrington on June 25, 1961, in Waukegan, Ill.

Robert was a Veteran of the Navy. An active member of St. Michael's Lutheran Church in Hustisford, Wis. and St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Dakota, Wis., serving as President of both church boards. Robert furthermore served as Commander of Legion Post 420, was a member of Masonic Lodge #108, and also a Shriner. Robert held various offices for the Village of Hustisford, including Village President for many years. Along with Elvin Will and Mark Erickson he successfully owned and operated Bee Industries, Inc. from 1974 to 1998.

Robert's passions included playing the concertina for friends and family. Many nights were spent on Lake Sharon playing the concertina by the campfire and singing E-I-E-I-E-I-O to many generations around the lake. He found great happiness in fishing and hunting, never one to miss "the opener" for trout or deer hunting. His passions live on in his children and grandchildren.

His greatest love was spending time traveling with his devoted wife, Janice. Spending over 50 years together enjoying what life had to offer.

He is survived by his wife, Janice; children, William (Diane Duffey), San Diego, Calif.; Kelli DeWitz, West Bend; Daniel (Nadine), Juneau; Jerome (Susan), Oconomowoc; and Bobbi Jo (Kim) Dorsey, Neenah; 12 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and his sister, Grace Konkel. He is further survived by nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents; son, Robert W. DeWitz, II; and his sister, Lucille.

Funeral services for Robert will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, at 11 a.m. at St. Michael's Lutheran Church, N4911 Gray Road, Hustisford, with Pastor Dean Natterstad officiating. Visitation will be at the Shimon Funeral Home on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, from 4 to 8 p.m. AND on Tuesday morning at the church from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Interment at Hustisford Cemetery, Hustisford, Wisconsin.

The Shimon Funeral Home is assisting the family.

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Published in Oshkosh Northwestern on Feb. 2, 2013
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