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Walter Vernon Witzel

April 6, 1915 December 2, 2010
Walter Vernon Witzel
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Obituary for Walter Vernon Witzel

Worthington, MN

     Walter Vernon Witzel, 95, was born on April 6, 1915, near Mount Carmel, ND, the son of Harry and Hedwig (Harmel) Witzel. He spent his early childhood on the farm in North Dakota, coming to Minnesota at the age of 20. Walt worked as a farm hand at various farms in the Rushmore area. He drove an orchestra bus for Tiny Little for a couple years and then started a car repair business with his brother Ralph in Worthington. Ralph left and started his own garage in Heron Lake while Walt continued the garage business in Worthington until his retirement. Walt married Marna Peterson on June 22, 1950, in Sibley, IA. They were the parents of a son Vernon, who died at birth. Walt died on Thursday, December 2, 2010, at the Crossroads Care Center in Worthington, MN.
     Walt is survived by five brothers, Ralph (Lorraine) Witzel of Fulda, MN, Myron (Evelyn) Witzel of Langdon, ND, Dewey (Dorraine) Witzel of Langdon, ND, Norris Witzel of Mesa, AZ, and Kenneth Witzel of Minneapolis, MN; one sister, Betty (George) Clavelle of Cheyenne, WY, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marna; a son, Vernon; his parents; two brothers, Cecil Witzel and Sterling Witzel, and one sister, Marian Witzel.
     Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 4, 2010, at 1:00 p.m., at the Benson Funeral Home Chapel in Worthington, MN, with Rev. Richard Ricker officiating. Burial will be in the Worthington Cemetery.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, December 4, 2010, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the Benson Funeral Home in Worthington.


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