Harold I. Witte, husband of Joan, age 89, of Hector, Minnesota, passed away on Wednesday, April 12, 2023, at Olivia Hospital in Olivia, Minnesota.
Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2023, at 11:00 A.M. at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hector, Minnesota, with interment in Hector City Cemetery in Hector.
Gathering of Family and Friends will be held on Friday, April 21, 2023, from 4:00-7:00 P.M. at Hughes-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Hector and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church.
Military Honors by Carl O. Potter American Legion Post 135 of Hector.
Service will be live streamed at https://www.facebook.com/1.Lutheran.Hector
Harold Irvin Witte was born on February 26, 1934, in Hector, Minnesota. He was the son of Herbert and Hulda (Radloff) Witte. Harold was baptized as an infant and later confirmed in his faith as a youth both at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hector. He received his education in Hector, and was a graduate of the Hector High School Class of 1952. Harold furthered his education at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.
Harold entered active military service in the United States Army on March 27, 1957, at Fort Lewis. He received an Honorable Discharge on October 21, 1958, and achieved the rank of Private First Class.
On November 18, 1961, Harold was united in marriage to Joan Retzlaff at Presbyterian Church in Weyauwega, Wisconsin. This marriage was blessed with three sons, Gene, Paul, and Neil. Harold and Joan made their home in Hector. They shared 61 years of marriage.
After serving in the army, Harold moved back home to Hector and helped is Dad with the car business. Later on, he owned and operated his own Ford dealership in Hector, “Witte Ford” for 56 years. Over this time, Harold sold over 13,000 cars and also sold a car to every state in the US. He retired in 2010. Harold was a member of New Life Community Church in Hector. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 135.
From a young age Harold enjoyed all sports; baseball, softball, golf, football, basketball, and many more. He loved playing them, watching them, and even officiating for some of them over the years. He was also an avid baseball card collector. Harold earned 18 letters in High School Sports that included football, basketball, baseball, and track, dating back to 1947, when he was 12 years old. This number is still the school record. Harold is also in the Hall of Fame at Oakdale Golf Club for being a charter member and for his continuous membership and dedicated support to the course, since its inception. Harold also spent a lot of his time at their cabin on Diamond Lake fishing, going for boat rides, and just taking in the scenery. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family, grandchildren and friends. Harold knew and met so many people over his lifetime, and he was always a friend to all. He will be deeply missed.
Harold passed away on Wednesday, April 12, 2023, at Olivia Hospital in Oliva, Minnesota, at the age of 89 years.
Blessed be his memory.
Harold is survived by his:
Wife, Joan Witte, of Hector, MN;
Sons, Gene Witte of HI,
Paul Witte and his wife, Dana of Pretoria, South Africa,
Neil Witte and his wife, Angela of Tyler, MN;
Grandchildren, Madison and Caleb Witte;
Sister, Eileen Raforth and her husband, John of Sturgis, SD;
Many other relatives and friends.
Harold is preceded in death by his Parents, Herbert and Hulda Witte; Sister, Donna Piehl and her husband, Warren.