Melvin Wittenbach  

Melvin E. Wittenbach, 94 formerly of Downs, Kansas died peacefully on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at Premier Estates in Kenesaw, Nebraska.
Melvin was born August 26, 1923 in a farmhouse near Goff, Kansas to Ina (Hawley) and Ed Wittenbach.  He received his education from Wetmore High School, graduating in 1941. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II from 1943-1946.  Melvin married Loretta Brown on October 24, 1952. To this union, two children were born: Gary and Dale.  Working as a depot agent for the Missouri Pacific Railroad for a majority of his life led Melvin to areas of Kansas and Nebraska.  He retired from the railroad after 40 years of service.  He was active in his local church and senior center. His days on the telegraph as a depot agent behind him, Melvin enjoyed his days gardening, fishing, solving puzzle games, woodworking, and playing pool.  His grandchildren were a great source of joy for him, and he spent his time with them teaching them funny sayings and beating them at card games. Melvin’s family will remember him for his immense generosity, his splendid storytelling, and his skill with a pool stick or a deck of cards.
Melvin was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Loretta; brother, Edwin; sisters, Opal Bryant and Ione Fletcher.  Survivors include sons, Gary (Cindy) Wittenbach of Hastings, Nebraska; Dale (Phyllis) Wittenbach of Kearney, Nebraska;  sisters, Donna McCulley of Holton, Kansas; and Lola (Richard) Stattelman of Topeka, sister-in-law, Patsy Wittenbach of Silver Lake;) and 5 grandchildren, Holly and Joe Vanderpool of Hastings, Nebraska; Jason and Laura Wittenbach of Falls Church, Virginia; Joshua and Laurel Wittenbach of Omaha, Nebraska; Mark Wittenbach of Hastings, Nebraska; and Jeanna Wittenbach of Norfolk, Nebraska. 
Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Downs with Pastor Maureen Appenfeller officiating. Connie Hardy was pianist and also sang “It is Well with My Soul” and “How Great Thou Art.”  Serving as pallbearers were Melvin’s grandchildren.  Burial was in the Downs Cemetery. Military honors and flag presentation were conducted by American Legion Post 379.  Memorials may be given to the Downs Senior Center or the church in care of Domoney Funeral Home, PO Box 127, Downs, KS 67437.

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