Posted: Mon 2:48 PM, May 06, 2013
Funeral Home: Helke
Eugene E. Witter died on May 1, 2013, resting peacefully on his John Deere
tractor. He was born April 23, 1923, to the late Earl W. and Gertrude
(Kolbe) Witter. On August 20, 1949, he married Wilma (Levandoski) and
together they raised a daughter and two sons.
Following WWII, Gene promoted the music he liked so much bringing Polka
bands, like Romy Gosz, to the Rothschild Pavilion. He was a 4-H leader,
served on the American Dairy Association/Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board from
1984-1997, board member and past-president of the Marathon County Farm
Bureau, and past-president of the Marathon County Holstein Association. Eugene was a founding Director on the People’s State Bank Board and served
as a board member from 1962-2002.
Witter’s Dairy hosted the June Dairy Month Fun Run for 14 years (1981-1995).
Founded in 1875, Gene is the fourth generation Witter to operate Witter’s
Farm Dairy. He delivered milk to homes and schools in the Wausau area until
1963, when home delivery was discontinued.
The big Holstein cow head greeted customers on County Road U coming to
Witter’s Farm Store. Remembered for the freshest milk in glass bottles,
five cent ice cream bars, and the very best chocolate milk. Witter’s
stopped bottling and selling milk in 1986, something they had done since
1963, but the family continues its long history of farming and milk
Gene loved farm projects, especially if he could be on the tractor,
painting, or burning brush!
He survived two strokes, liver cancer, and a broken leg. He was looking
forward to getting back on the fields and driving tractor again. During the
last few years, Gene needed help getting around and could be seen cruising
around the farm on his golf cart.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Willie; daughter, Christine
(Clifford) Avery, Oakdale, MN; sons, Scott (Renee) Witter, Trenton, FL; and
Thomas (Diana) Witter, Wausau, WI.
Grandchildren, Laura Martin, Las Vegas, NV; Curtis (Allison) Egner,
Burnsville, MN; Charlotte (Matthew) Rozek, Folsom, CA; Jesse Roble Witter
(deceased); Danielle Witter (fiancé, Jonathon Minton), Nashville, TN; Jenny
Witter (fiancé, Kyle Kasieta), Wausau, WI; Stephanie Witter (fiancé, Nate
Steinagel), Wausau, WI; and Luke Witter, Wausau, WI. Great-grandchildren, Christina and Cassey Martin; Grover and Walter Rozek;
and Elara Egner.
Sisters, Grace (Maurice) White, Madison, WI; Delores (John – deceased)
Janke, Wausau, WI; and brother, Clark (Sally) Witter, Carmichael, CA; and
numerous nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.
A celebration of life will be at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 426
Washington St., Wausau, with Rev. Philip Schneider officiating, on Saturday,
May 11, 2013, at 3:00 p.m. Visitation will begin at 11:00 a.m. until the
time of service at the church.
You may sign the family guestbook at www.helke.com.
Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.