Norman Carl Wittler, 85, of Fowler, IL died Friday, January 30, 2015 in his home. Norman was born on March 23, 1929, in Fowler, a son of Carl and Velma Thompson Wittler. He married Marilyn E. Leenerts on February 15, 1958 in Quincy, IL and she survives.
Norman was a long time employee of Moorman Manufacturing in Quincy. In earlier years, he was a carpenter and more recently, he enjoyed helping his children and grandchildren with their projects.
Norman was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving from 1951-1953 as a carpenter at the rank of corporal. He was a member of the American Legion.
Norman enjoyed traveling, visiting all 50 states, Europe and the Holy Land. When traveling, he could tell you every route taken, the good food eaten, gas prices along the way and how fast he drove there. The best trips involved all of his family spending time at the beach.
He was a lifelong resident of Fowler and was proud of it. He helped Fowler receive the “Governor’s Home Town Award” in 2008 and he and Marilyn were recently honored as Fowler’s “Citizens of the Year” and inducted into the Fowler “Hall of Fame”. He enjoyed working in his yard and always had a beautiful garden, sharing the bounty with family and friends.
Norman was a long time board member of the Home Cemetery near Fowler. He was a volunteer fireman with the Fowler Fire Department and served as a trustee.
He was a lifelong member of the Fowler Christian Church and upon its closing, he moved his membership to the Madison Park Christian Church in Quincy. He was an active member of the Everready Sunday School Class and the Senior Sunshiners.
Norman was so very proud of all of his grandchildren and great-granddaughter and loved attending all of their ballgames and activities. He was a fan of the Pleasant Hill Wolves, the Unity Mustangs, the Canyon Cougars, the San Antonio Spurs and the Orlando Magic.
Survivors include his wife, Marilyn, of Fowler, three children, Carla (husband, Bruce) Guthrie of Quincy, Cheri (husband, Brad) Lummis of Pleasant Hill and David (wife, Cathy) Wittler of Mendon, six grandchildren, Jaime (husband, Mike) Shelden of O”Fallon, MO, Jarrod Lummis of St. Joseph, MO, Zach Guthrie of Orlando, FL, Jenna (fiance, Robby McDonald) Lummis of Pleasant Hill, Hilary (fiance, Craig Bastert) Wittler of Mendon, and Specialist Aaron Wittler serving with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan, a great granddaughter, Ava Grace Shelden, two sisters, Evelyn O’Harrow of Beardstown and Eileen McClelland of Bowen, a sister-in-law, Ruth Wittler of Camp Point and numerous nieces and nephews.
Norman was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Merle Wittler and Eldon Wittler and by nephews John, Larry and Roger Wittler.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday (2-3-15) at 10:00 a.m. at the Zehender-Robinson-Stormer-Cookson Funeral Home in Quincy conducted by Rev. Keith Ehresman. Burial, with military honors, will follow at the Home Cemetery near Fowler. Visitation will be held Monday evening from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Zehender-Robinson-Stormer-Cookson Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the Home Cemetery.
Zehender-Robinson-Stormer-Cookson Funeral is handling the arrangements with assistance from Lummis Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill and Lummis-Hamilton Funeral Home in Camp Point.