Donald Witt

GIBBON – Donald Henry Witt, age 85 of Gibbon died Monday, Sept. 5, 2016 at the Ridgeway Medical Center in Waconia.

Funeral service will be 10 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 12, at the Apostolic Christian Church in Winthrop. Pastor Paul Messner will officiate and burial will follow in the Winthrop City Cemetery in Winthrop. Full military honors will be provided by the Winthrop Honor Guard.

Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11, at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home in Gibbon and will continue for one hour prior to the service on Monday at the church in Winthrop.

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Donald is survived by his wife of 64 years, Ida Bell Witt of Gibbon; daughters, Wanda (Dan “Duke”) Fahey of Morgan, Bonnie Lauwagie of Gibbon; grandchildren, Rob (Shannon) Lauwagie of Blaine, Tracy (Vicki) Lauwagie of Fairfax, Stacy (Rick) Koerner of Franklin, Cody (Kali) Loverude of Fairfax, Trevor Loverude of Gibbon, Andrew Fahey of Morgan; 12 great-grandchildren; sister, Gloria Larson of Hawaii; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Don and Viola Messner, Mike and Joyce Messner, Marvin Messner, Jerry Messner, Vernita Messner, Bernadine Messner and Shirley Demm.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Albert Witt Jr.; step mother, Frances Witt; son-in-law, Butch Lauwagie; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Levi and May Messner; eight brothers-in-law and five sisters-in-law.

Donald Henry Witt was born June 26, 1931 in Winthrop to Albert and Ida (Redman) Witt. He attended grade school in Winthrop and was later drafted into the U.S. Army where he served during the time of the Korean War. Donald was united in marriage to Ida Bell Messner on Nov. 29, 1952 in Winthrop. The couple was blessed with two daughters.

Early in life, Donald farmed outside of Winthrop, but raised his family in Gibbon where he owned and operated the Crow’s Nest for many years. Even after leaving the business, he stayed bartending up until finally retiring earlier this year. For enjoyment Don loved to hunt. He especially enjoyed hunting geese, duck, grouse, pheasant, and deer. He also enjoyed socializing with family and friends with a good drink and a game of cards. Don took great pride in his meticulously kept lawn. What he took the most pride in was his family. He will forever be remembered as a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was a member of the Gibbon Lions Club, and the Apostolic Christian Church in Winthrop.