CEDAR — Harlan Daverne Witt, 77, of Cedar, passed away Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at the MHP Hospice Serenity House in Oskaloosa.
He was born March 12, 1937, in Mahaska County, the son of Harlan L. and L. Louise Wright Witt. He graduated from Cedar High School with the class of 1954. Following high school graduation he entered the United States Marine Corps, and was stationed for eleven months in Korea. He was honorably discharged in 1956. Following his discharge he returned to Iowa.
He was united in marriage to Marla Young, Sept. 13, 1958, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oskaloosa. In December of 1958, he began taking classes at Truman State University. He earned his B.S. in Accounting from there in 1961. Following college Daverne began working for McGladery C.P.A. as an accountant. In 1964 he earned his Certified Public Accountant distinction. That same year, the family moved to a farm north of Ottumwa and Daverne farmed with his dad. In 1968, they moved to a farm near Cedar where he continued to farm and prepare taxes in the “off season.” Daverne loved the his farm, he helped his family with the harvest in 2013. He was an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oskaloosa where he was involved in the 3rd degree of the Knights of Columbus. He was also a life member of the Mahaska County Sheriff Posse, American Institute of C.P.A. and Iowa Society of CPAs. He was also a member of the American Legion. He served as a board member on several boards including: Fremont Funeral Chapel, 11 years on the Eddyville School Board, and Hedrick Savings Bank board of directors for 15 years. He enjoyed farming and golfing and most of all his family.
He is survived by his wife of over 55 years: Marla Witt, of Cedar, five sons: Jeffrey (Lynette) Witt, of Ames, Douglas (Sue) Witt, of Cedar, Ronald (Barb) Witt, of New Sharon, Michael Witt (Dawn Scott), of Willmar, Minn., Robert Witt (Stevie Nelson), of Fremont. Two daughters: Sherrie (Frank) Stanton, of Fremont, and Debbie (Calvin) Swank, of Newton; 19 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. five sisters: Donna Lappin, of Oskaloosa, Linda (Lee) Scharff, of Stevensville, Mont., Sandra (Robert) Reed, of Suwanee, Ga., Judy (Larry) Walker, of Gilbert, Ariz., and Marcia (Jack) Carman, of Burlington; a very close family friend, Henrietta Olson of Denmark; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.