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James "Jim" Witt

Obituary for James "Jim" Witt

November 23, 1940 - August 15, 2016
Deerfield, Michigan | Age 75


James "Jim" L. Witt, age 75 of Deerfield died Monday, August 15, 2016 at the Lenawee Hospice Home after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born on November 23, 1940 in Deerfield, MI to William and Ardis (Fitch) Witt. On May 14, 1966 he married Sandy Iott and she survives. Jim was a 1958 graduate of Deerfield High School. Immediately following his high school graduation he worked at Revco and soon after was drafted into the U.S. Army where he was stationed at West Point for 2 years. After his departure from the Army, he went to work for Ann Arbor Ceiling and Partition with the Carpenter's Union Local 512 and eventually moved up to the sales manager. Jim was known around work as "the Legend" by friends and co-workers for a total of 38 years before retiring. Jim had many hobbies, wood working, playing cards, golfing and loved working in his garden. He was an avid bowler in past years, participating on the men's and couples league at the Deerfield bowling alley. He spent 33 years making family memories at their cottage "Snotts Landing" on Marr Lake. After retirement he and Sandy wintered in New Smyrna Beach, FL. and enjoyed traveling. He loved spending time with his grandchildren. Jim was a member of the Deerfield American Legion Post 392 for more than 50 years where he was a past Commander and Service Officer.

In addition to his wife, Sandy, he is survived by two daughters, Jennifer (Roger) Blake of Berkley, MI and Megan (Mike) Karpinski of Blissfield; Honorary "lake daughter" Amy (Mark) Madalinski and their children, Ryan and Abby of Blissfield; a brother, John (Joan) Witt of Deerfield; two sisters, Patricia Wright of Petersburg, Gaynell Sharrock of Deerfield; four grandchildren, Zoe and Evan Blake and Brayden and Chase Karpinski and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Jim is preceded in death by his parents, a nephew Billy Witt and two brothers-in-law, Victor Wright and Harley Sharrock.

The funeral liturgy for Jim will be read on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Light of Christ Parish, St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Deerfield with Fr. Jeff Poll as celebrant. Full military rites will be conducted by the Deerfield American Legion Post 392 at the church following the mass. Visitation will be held on Friday, August 19, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Anderson Rudd Funeral Home, Blissfield with a Vigil at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will also be held on Saturday from 10:00 – 10:45 a.m. at the church prior to mass.
You may send condolences to the family at In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Lenawee, the Deerfield American Legion Post 392 or the Deerfield Firefighters Association. Envelopes are available at Anderson Rudd Funeral Home, Blissfield.

Suggested Memorial Donations

  • Deerfield Firefighters Association
    468 Carey Street
    Deerfield, MI 49238
  • Deerfield American Legion Post #392
    105 W. River Street
    MI 49238

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3050 W Beecher Rd
Adrian, MI 49221
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