Jon B. Witts -- Zumbrota

ZUMBROTA -- A memorial gathering for Jon B. Witts will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Mahn Family Funeral Home-Larson Chapel in Zumbrota. The body was donated to Mayo Foundation for medical research.

Mr. Witts, 74, of Zumbrota, formerly of Pine Island, died Monday (June 9, 2003) at his home following a short illness.

Born Aug. 3, 1928, in Minneapolis, he attended school in Mound, Minn., and West High School in Minneapolis. In 1945, he enlisted in the Navy as an apprentice seaman and served until 1965, when he retired with the rank of chief radioman. He served on Navy ships Leyte, Tolovana, Rupurtus, Bauer, Buck, Purdy and Yosemite and taught radio school in Newport, R.I. On Oct. 23, 1951, he married Marlene Jackson in Las Vegas. After his discharge, they lived in Pine Island and later moved to Zumbrota. Mr. Witts worked for Sears, Pine Plating Co., Pine Lumber Co. and American Family Insurance. He was a life member of Stary-Yerka VFW Post 5727, a 50-year member of American Legion Post 183 of Zumbrota, and a member of the Fleet Reserve Association and Disabled American Veterans. He enjoyed working with leather and crossword puzzles.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Marcy (Dale) Janson of Wadena, Minn.; five sons, Bruce (Mary) of Rochester, Steven (Cheryl) and Timothy (Nancy), both of Phoenix, Michael of North St. Paul and William (Jo) of Mantorville; 17 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

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