The hobbies he enjoyed were riding cutting horses, raising Australian Kelpie Cattle Dogs, and in retirement, woodworking. This woodworking was such a joy. So many family and friends reaped the benefits of his fine work. He also enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s activities.
Dr. Witte practiced Optometry in York, NE for 43 years and retired in December of 2010. Dr. Witte enjoyed giving back to his community by serving on various boards and committees. He took his board duties very serious. His hard work and dedicated leadership on the York General Hospital Board lead to an outstanding medical facility for both patients and employees, which not only serves our local community in York, but the surrounding area as well.
The various boards and committees were: Faith Lutheran Church Executive Director and Elder, Board of Directors of Cornerstone Bank for 30 years, Board of Directors of York General Hospital for 35 years and VP since 2007, Board of Directors of Nebraska District Lutheran Church Missouri Synods, and Board of Directors of Nebraska Optometric Association for which he received the Distinguished Service Award in 2002. He also served on the York City Council, York Planning Commission, York Country Club Board, and the York Economic Development Corporation, as President.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Shirley Jay Witte and their two sons, Drs. Matthew N. (Deborah) Witte of Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Dr. Mark J. (Nannette) Witte of Fremont, Nebraska. His grandchildren include: Luke, Lauren, and Zachary of Sioux Falls and Georgia, Emma, and Adelaide of Fremont. He is also survived by his sisters Marilyn Robertson and Yvonne Green of Valentine, and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Greg and Angela Brown, both from Valentine; many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Preceding him in death are his parents Harry and Pauline Witte, parents-in-law Jay and Ida Mae Hayford, sister Elaine Witte Marckx, and brothers-in-law Raymond Robertson and Carl Green.
Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 AM, Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at Faith Lutheran Church in York with the Reverend Dr. Heath Trampe officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Greenwood Cemetery, York. Visitation will be held from 2-8 pm on Sunday, 9am-8pm on Monday, with family greeting friends Monday evening from 6-8 pm at the mortuary. Memorials may be directed to Faith Lutheran Church, York General Hospital, or York Community Foundation.