Melvin J. Witte of 511 NE 10th Avenue passed away at N. Broward Hospital on 7/13 at the age of 93. He was born on 11/17/1927 the son of Henry and Leona (Klaubauf) Witte in Manitowoc, WI. His only sibling, Elaine Grott preceded him in death. Mel graduated from Marquette University with two degrees, a BS in Mathematics in 1950 and a Law degree in 1955. He had served in both the Army and the Air Force using the G.I. Bill and a night shift job at Pabst Blue Ribbon brewery to finance his education. It was at Marquette that he meet his first wife, the late Delores (Rykhus) Witte of Brookings, SD, who passed away in 1968 at the age of 37. They lived in Milwaukee until the Spring of 1964 when his job at Sunbeam Electronics brought him to Ft. Lauderdale. They had five children together: Mark Witte (Pittsburgh, PA), Dr. Paul Witte (deceased, Gainesville, FL), Jane Burrell (Gainesville, FL), Thomas Witte (Gaithersburg, MD) and Mary Manso (Ft. Lauderdale, FL). All together they had 23 grandchildren and an ever increasing number of great-grandchildren. Mell enjoyed Country music, a variety of sports and competitions. He played on a number of church and company softball and bowling teams. Later in his life he took up running and was a fixture at local 5 and 10K runs. He then started to compete in the Florida Senior Games and was quite proud of his showings. It was while doing one of his nightly runs at Holiday Park that he met his current wife of 34 years, Ricki (Mary Jane Allen, Atlanta, GA) They enjoyed concerts, activities and each other's companionship and love as he aged. She was a devoted caregiver over the past decade as Alzheimer's slowly over took him. They are long time members of St. Anthony's Catholic Church (901 NE 3 Street, FT. Lauderdale)where there will be a memorial Mass inches honor at noon one Friday Augut 6th. He will be buried at Lauderdale Memorial Park immediately following. There will be a Celebration of Life at the home of Danielle and Joe Jarmy (140 SE 13th Street, Pompano Beach) on Saturday, August 7th from 4-6pm.
Published by Sun-Sentinel on Jul. 30, 2021.