Dick A. Witmer

Dick A. Witmer, 87, a resident of Dewart for the last 65 years, passed away Sunday, April 20, 2014, at Watsontown Health and Rehabilitation, where he had been residing the past two months.

Born March 6, 1927, in Bellefonte, he was the son of the late William C. and Estella Witmer.

Dick served in the U.S. Air Force in Germany during World War II where he met his future wife, Helga “Candy” Weisheit. They married in Germany on Aug. 28, 1948, and were happily married for over 65 years.

After the war, Dick joined the family business of the Dewart Livestock Auction and was one of the two founding partners of B&W Disposal, Inc. One of his life’s biggest passions was being around livestock and heavy equipment. He truly enjoyed staying involved in the day-to-day operations in the family businesses until shortly before his passing.

Dick was a friend and mentor to many and was always thinking of ways to make the business and employees more efficient.

He was a member of the Watsontown Lodge No. 401 F&AM, the Watsontown American Legion, and a long-time active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Surviving besides his wife, are two sons and daughters-in-law, Keith and Patti Witmer and Kevin and Julie Witmer, all of Watsontown; six grandchildren, Kyle, Chet, David, Nathan, and Tommy Witmer and Gina Fraley and her husband Adam; and two great-grandchildren, Dakota and Landree Fraley.

He was preceded in death by his brother and sister-in-law, Leonard and Erma Witmer.

Friends are invited to call from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 6590 Musser Lane, Watsontown, where the funeral service will be held at 7 p.m. The interment service with military honors will be held Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Delaware Run Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Dick’s memory be made to his church.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Brooks Funeral Home & Cremation Services, PC, 124 Main St., Watsontown.