Gerald Peter "Jerry" Wittman

Wittman, Gerald Peter (Jerry)
90, died August 8, 2013, from complications of a fall at his home on June 11th. He was the nicest, kindest man and greeted everyone with a sweet smile. We mourn his passing, but are comforted that he was a part of our lives. Jerry was born to Carl and Edna Wittman on November 3, 1922 in Merrill, WI, graduated from Merrill High in 1940 and attended Carroll College in Waukesha, WI before enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1942. He served as an MP, medic, and combat rifleman with the 45th Infantry Division until the end of the European Theater of Operations in 1945. As a reserve officer, he served during the 1961 Berlin Crisis and held the rank of Major. He earned a social sciences B.A., Northern Michigan University; a Master of Social Work., University of Wisconsin; and ABD of Adult Ed/Criminology PhD, Florida State University. He received national honors and awards for his work in juvenile and criminal justice, and adult education. His presentation, "My Create-a-Criminal Kit", reprinted in various juvenile and criminal justice conferences, publications and textbooks. Co-founder of the National Juvenile Detention Association; Assistant professor in criminology at Florida State University, Universities of Georgia, Nevada and Wisconsin; Training Director, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Reno; and Director, Medical Social Services, Holy Cross Hospital, Merrill, WI. After his third attempt at retirement he and wife, Pat, moved to Phoenix where he volunteered in community activities and was a Director on the Ahwatukee Board of Management. Jerry was an avid reader and poet, renowned for his annual Christmas newsletters. A poker and blackjack expert; animal lover, especially of the winning dogs and horses he bet; and a billiards bank-shot whiz until Parkinson's limited his activities. He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Patricia; sister, Helen Margaret; his twin children, Ann, and Jeff (Patty); granddaughter, Brandy (Chris); twin great grandsons, Jacob and Jeffrey; and family and friends. There will be no local services, but during the autumn a celebration of his life will be held in Wisconsin by his family and friends. Memorials may be made in Jerry's name to , Dobson Home, 1188 N. Dobson, Chandler, AZ.

Published in The Arizona Republic on Aug. 18, 2013