James “Jim” E. Wittig, 84, of Collinsville died on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016 at at Kindred Hospital in at St Louis, Mo.
Visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Collinsville. A memorial service will follow the visitation at the church. Interment of cremation will be in Mount Hope Cemetery in Peru, Ind. Herr Funeral Home in Collinsville is in charge of arrangements.
He was born on April 19, 1931 in Amherst, Ohio, to William G.A. and Verna (Crispin) Wittig. He married Dorothy “Dot” Mayer Gilomen on Feb. 23, 1980. She survives.
Mr. Wittig was a mechanical engineer. He served valiantly in the United States Army, stationed in Salzburg, Austria, was an airport engineer in Saudi Arabia. He was a member of the Federation of Mineralogical and Geological Society of St. Louis, Mo., the Belleville Area Rose Society, Orchid Society of St. Louis, Gesneriad (African violets), Botanical Garden Iris Society and Show-Me-Gem and Mineral.
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He enjoyed chess, bridge, euchre, pinochle, jass, jigsaw puzzles, reading, world travel, computers, and classical music. He was a Boy Scout leader, an avid “rock hound” and loved charting generations of the Bible.
He was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Collinsville.
Other survivors include his children, Shelly Hutchinson of Cincinnati, Ohio, Candace Wittig of Weirton, W.V., Mark (Janice) Wittig of Georgetown, Ohio, Jean (late Dale) Johnson of Bunker Hill, Jane (Tom) Rood of Shelbyville, Ill.; a sister, Carol (Max) Ralstin of Kokomo, Ind., brothers; William (late Thelma) Wittig of Kokomo, Ind., Richard (Wyn) Wittig of Kimberling, Mo., Robert (Marty) Wittig of Carmel, Ind., and Don (Kathy) Wittig of Hope Valley, R.I.; grandchildren, Bill (Karen) Johnson, Lori (Aaron) Goodman, Thomas J. (Dana) Rood, Gwen Hutchinson and Sarah Wakely; and great-grandchildren, Lawton Johnson, Lindsay Johnson, Kate Goodman, Tyson Rood, Holly and Kyle Rood.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son-in-law, Dale Johnson; and sisters-in-law, Martha (Pat) Anderson and Thelma Wittig.
Memorials may be made to Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Collinsville or Kindred Hospital in St. Louis, Mo.