Donald F. Gus Witt age 90 of Clinton, passed away Thursday Oct. 26, 2017 at The Alverno Health Care Facility in Clinton. Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Wednesday Nov. 1st at the Pape Funeral Home. Visitation will be held Wednesday 10:00 AM until the service hour at the funeral home. Burial will be at Clinton Lawn Cemetery. Online condolences may be left at www.papefh.com.
Gus was born on March 9, 1927 in Clinton, the son of Fred and Clara (Huebner) Witt. He graduated from Clinton High School in 1945. He served in the US Army from 1950-1952. At the age of 14, he tried out for the New York Yankees. He played minor league baseball in the US and Japan prior to playing with the Chicago Cubs from 1948-1949. He married Mildred Marken on July 6, 1974 in Clinton; she died in 2010. He worked as Mason Bricklayer for Local Union #26 in Clinton, where he retired. He was an avid Chicago Cubs fan. Gus taught ice skating to kids and helped coach baseball for the Camanche Indians.
Gus is survived by his daughter, Connie Paasch of West Des Moines, IA; three grandchildren, Dawn, whom Gus raised as his daughter, Lisa, and J.J.; four great grandchildren, Brady, Shawna, Shayna, and Zane; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife-Mildred, his son-Ron, a sister-Mitzie, and a brother-Jack.
Published on October 27, 2017