Harold E. Witwer83, Gulf Oil retiree, church council member

By on November 23, 2011

Harold Eby Witwer, 83, died Tuesday, Nov. 15, at Arden Courts in Harrisburg, after a lengthy illness.

He was born June 10, 1928, the second child and first son of Charles K. and Martha G. (McQuate) Witwer. He was married Jan. 21, 1950, to Doris Amelia Leeking, who survives.

Harold lived virtually all of his life in Warwick Township. He was raised on a farm in Rothsville until 1944 when his family moved to Lititz. He graduated from Lititz High School in 1946.

He began working for Gulf Oil soon after the turnpike opened. As an employee of the Operations Department, it was his job to keep the stations running. Later, he worked out of Gulf’s office in Philadelphia as a field engineer overseeing Gulf’s construction projects in the Eastern Region. Finally, he returned to the turnpike to supervise Gulf operations, from which he retired in 1983.

He was a member of Jerusalem Lutheran Church, Rothsville, where he had served on the church council and the property committee, and for which he had crafted, in his woodshop, various ceremonial and decorative objects. He was also a long-standing member of the Young Men’s Business League, Lititz.

Also surviving is a daughter: Denise Witwer, wife of Dr. Joseph W. Lahr, of Hummelstown, with whom he lived the last few years, both formerly of Lititz; a brother: Lester Eugene Witwer, of British Columbia; and three adoring grandchildren: Hana and Merav, of New York City; and Roni, of Pittsburgh.

He was predeceased by two sisters: Mabel Alberta Witwer Obetz and Emma Jane Witwer.

Harold’s funeral service was held at the Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church, Rothsville, on Nov. 19, with the Rev. David A.B. Rike officiating. Interment took place in the adjoining church cemetery.

To honor Harold’s memory, visit lbda.org to learn about Lewy Body Dementia, and click the tab "Ways to Give" to make a donation.

To send the family online condolences, visit buchfuneral.com.

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