L. R. ‘Joe’ Witek 85, veteran of WWII and Korean war, co-founded Interiors 2000

By on April 2, 2014

L. R. “Joe” Witek, 85, passed away surrounded by his loving family Saturday, March 29, at Lancaster General Hospital.

Born May 29, 1928 in Johnstown, he was the son of the late Frank and Hedwig (née Rutkowski) Witek.

Joe served in the Merchant Marine during World War II as a seventeen-year-old able seamen. Later he served as a paratrooper in the Army Airborne during the Korean War. While in the service he met and married Patricia Stidham. His career in business began with Flexsteel Industries eventually leading to a partnership with local businessman Abe Mellinger. Together they launched Mellinger Interiors, which later became known as Interiors 2000. Joe was a lifelong staunch Democrat and political junkie as well as a long time member of the Lancaster Radio Control Club, a big horse racing fan and a passionate golfer. In his retirement he worked for the Lancaster Host Golf Course as a Ranger.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years: Patricia Witek of Lancaster; his children: Timothy J.Witek, husband of Jody Witek of Conestoga, Joseph P. “Rusty” Witek, husband of Terri Witek of Deland Fla., Patricia Tossona, wife of Anthony Tossona (his BFF) of Lititz; John Witek, husband of Kristin Anderson of Durham N.C., Mark Witek, husband of Katia Trangoni Witek of Millersville; nine grandchildren; and his canine companion, Perez.

He was hilarious, a great Dad and Grandfather and he is sorely missed.

Services will be private. Memorial contributions in Joe’s honor may be sent to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN  38105.

To place a condolence online, visit SnyderFuneralHome.com. Arrangements by Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory, Lititz.

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