Dwain Vernon Wittenhagen

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 26, 2012

Dwain Vernon Wittenhagen 85, of Leesville went to be with the Lord on July
24, 2012.
Celebration of Life services for Mr. Wittenhagen will be held at 2 p.m. on July 29 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Leesville. Pastor Gary Archbold will be officiating. There will be a light lunch served in the church fellowship
hall following the service. Services are under the direction of
Hixson Funeral Home of Leesville. The family will be receiving visitors from 4-9 p.m. on July 28 at Hixson Funeral Home in Leesville.
Pallbearers will include
Donald Bloomquist, Matthew Bloomquist, Mark Wittenhagen, Bill O’Malley, Cameron Bettez, Gary Moore, Harold Jordan and H.P. (Paxton) Thomas.
Mr. Wittenhagen was born on Oct. 19, 1926 in Mt. Vernon, S.D. to the late Albert Eric Wittenhagen
and Elsie (Titze) Wittenhagen. Mr. Wittenhagen married the love of his life Selma (Sally) Hovdet on Sept. 5, 1953. He was a faithful member of Trinity Lutheran Church for the past 34 years; for many of those years, he served as a member of the church
council. Mr. Wittenhagen was a member of American Legion Post 145 for 19 years, Post Chaplain for 18 years and District 8 Chaplain for one year. Mr. Wittenhagen served with the Navy in the South Pacific during World War II aboard the USS Cowpens. He
worked at Alford Motors in Leesville for over 25 years and is fondly remembered as “Pops.” He will be missed by all.
Mr. Wittenhagen is preceded in death by his parents, Albert Eric Wittenhagen and Elsie (Titze) Wittenhagen and one
brother, Harlan W. Wittenhagen.
Mr. Wittenhagen is survived by his wife, Selma (Sally) Wittenhagen of Leesville; children, Cheryl M. (Wittenhagen) O’Malley and husband, Bill O’Malley, Diane L. (Wittenhagen) Mayo and husband, Earl Mayo,
Eric A. Wittenhagen, and Brian D. Wittenhagen; two grandsons, Donald Bloomquist and Matthew Bloomquist; three granddaughters, Tabitha Mayo, Nikki Pignotti and Megan Pignotti; three great-grandsons, Cameron Bettez, Ryan Pelt, Jamison Pignotti; and
four sisters, Deloris Jenney of Omaha, Neb., Sharon Burnside of Omaha, Neb., Carol Fox of San Bernadino, Calif. and Bonnie Peupke of Parkston, S.D.
In lieu of flowers you may make donations to Trinity Lutheran Church Memorial fund in honor
of Mr. Wittenhagen.
Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hixsonfh.com.