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.
Condolences may be sent to www.prestonschilling.com
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Published by Ogle County News on Feb. 5, 2021.