Melvin P. "Mel" Witmer Sr.
Melvin 'Mel' P. Witmer Sr.

Born: May 18, 1940; Polo

Died: January 26, 2021; Las Vegas

HENDERSON, Nevada – Melvin "Mel" Paul Witmer Sr., 80, of Henderson, Nevada, formerly of Dixon, IL, passed away Tuesday, January 26, 2021, at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas, NV. He worked for Schwack at his retirement, and spent 42 years in graphic arts.

Mel was born May 18, 1940, in Polo, IL, the son of H. Emerson and Mildred (Smith) Witmer. He married Theresa Long on March 14, 1959, in Chicago. Mel was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Dixon, IL, and the Elks Lodge. Mel had a passion for coaching at St. John of the Cross and had a competitive approach to making his basketball players great. He loved the excitement of working in the city of Chicago and the beauty of the farm soil that was his heritage. Mel built his life on friendships and never passed the opportunity to make a new one. He enjoyed being the host of a party. He loved seeing his family, especially grandchildren and great-grandson. He loved talking to his friends and family on the phone. His greatest gift was the love and laughter he shared with others.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years Theresa Witmer; two sons, Steven (Phyllis) Witmer and Melvin Paul (Deborah) Witmer Jr.; six grandchildren, Brandon Witmer, Drake Witmer, Chanell Witmer, Chase Witmer, Lance Witmer, and Morgan Witmer; one great-grandchild, Mason Freeman Witmer; and one sister, El Louise (Keith) Heitz.

Mel was preceded in death by his parents and both his brothers.

A private visitation will be held on Sunday, January 31, 2021, at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Ltd., Dixon. Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, February 1, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church with Father Keith Romke officiating. Burial will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Dixon, IL.

Memorials may be directed to the family.

Arrangements were completed by Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon.

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Published by Ogle County News on Feb. 5, 2021.
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Mel was a very outgoing person who made friends easily, he will be missed
February 6, 2021
Sorry to hear of Mel's passing. I remember Mel from the St Francis Xavier 6th grade basketball league. Mel was always a class act in addition to being an excellent coach. The SFX gang talks about the good old days and Mel's name often comes up. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Dave Grimes
February 4, 2021
We are terribly sorry to hear of your loss. Mel was a classmate (PCHS Class of 1958) & was a true friend. I was a classmate of Mel's since grade school through high school. He will be missed. R.I.P. Mel.
Duane & Carol Milhorn
February 1, 2021
I had the pleasure of working with Mel for several years. He was more than a co-worker he was friend to all who knew him. Truly a class act. He will be missed but always remembered.
Kraig Meyers
February 1, 2021
I am sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept my condolences. May the love of God, friends and family comfort you through your grief. 2nd Thessalonians 2: 16,17
February 1, 2021
A great friend in high school and occasional visits back home it didn't seem like many years in between.
Jeff & Lana Davis
January 31, 2021
Best friend & work partner for 50 years. Condolences to all on this great loss. Kathy krane
kathy krane
January 31, 2021
I'm heartbroken to hear this sad news about my dear friend Mel. I had so many good memories of working with this wonderful man. He was a dear, and will always be remembered for his laugh, thoughtfulness, and twinkle in his eye.
Mary Day
January 30, 2021