Elmer Theodore Wittenburg, 88, of Readlyn, Iowa, died on Tuesday, August 8, 2017, at the Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community in Waverly.
Elmer was born on February 16, 1929 in Maxfield Township, Bremer County, Iowa, the son of Theodore and Bertha (Seegers) Wittenburg. He was baptized in March 3, 1929 and confirmed on May 23, 1943, both at Immanuel Lutheran Church of Klinger. He attended parochial school at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Elmer was united in marriage to Marlys Niedert on November 27, 1949, at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Readlyn.
Elmer worked for Wittenburg Livestock; Wittenburg Trucking and for Albrecht Construction. In 1954, Elmer started farming and retired in 1976. In his spare time, he enjoyed playing cards, bowling, fishing, and traveling. He especially enjoyed spending time with family and friends.
Elmer is survived by his wife, Marlys Wittenburg of Readlyn; a son, Rick Wittenburg of Tripoli; four daughters, Roxie Schwanz of Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota; Ranae (Les) Schult of Waseca, Minnesota; Rochelle (Jeff) Soldwisch of Waverly; and Rayla (Bryan) Tonne of Jesup; fourteen grandchildren, Melissa (Aric) Halloran, Sara (Jim) Vanek, Megan (Beau) Buchholz, Staci (Kalen) Fortuna, Heidi (Soloman Gould) Schwanz, Gretchen (Jake Stodolka) Schwanz ,Derek Schwanz, Kersten Schwanz, Nicole (Jamie Nagle) Schult, Andrew Schult, Alex Soldwisch, Lexi Soldwisch, Krisha Tonne, and Jaima Tonne; five great grandchildren, Mason and Cameryn Davis, Rowan Halloran, Braxten and Xander Buchholz and another one on the way; and a sister-in-law, Viola Wittenburg of Shell Rock.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a son-in-law, Mark Schwanz, a grandson, Lance Soldwisch, four brothers and their wives, Delbert (Elda) Wittenburg, Leo (Lucinda) Wittenburg, Arlin Wittenburg, and Glenn (Helen) Wittenburg; brother-in-laws, Roger Holm, Randall (Darlene and Wilma) Niedert.
Memorial Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, August 11, 2017 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Readlyn with Rev. Matthew Moss officiating. Burial of Cremains will be held in St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in Readlyn. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and also for one hour prior to services on Friday, both at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Readlyn. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Readlyn First Responders, or to Cedar Valley Hospice.
Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Readlyn is assisting the family. 319-279-3551