David Thomas Witkop, age 80 of Gaylord, passed away at his home on Friday, October 12, 2018.
David was born to Robert and Eileen (McPartlin) Witkop in Detroit on September 6, 1938. One of seven children, David grew up with a deep appreciation for his family. After school, he entered into the Special Services in the Army where he served as a Special Assist Sergeant. On January 18, 1964, he married the love of his life Joanne Ruth Case. David worked as a school counselor in Detroit, where he worked for over thirty years. Despite his retirement, he never gave up his passion for counseling and helping others. David was also a 3rd Order Fransiscan and a Third Degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus. After he moved to Gaylord, he served as a Eucharistic Minister and Acolyte with St. Mary Cathedral. In his spare time, he enjoyed tending to his garden.
David is survived by his wife of 54 years, Joanne; children Steven (Dawn) Hartzell-Witkop, Wayne (Myann) Witkop, and Justine Witkop; grandchildren Alexandria, Jeremy, Wayne, Paris, Porsha, Kyle, and Ryan; siblings Penelope, Alice, Aaron, and Leo; as well as many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents Robert and Eileen; and brothers Robert and Dennis.
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at St. Mary Cathedral on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 11a.m.
Visitation will be held at the Nelson Funeral Home on Thursday, October 18 and Friday, October 19, from 3—7p.m. Visitation will continue at St. Mary Cathedral on Saturday, October 20, from 10a.m. until the time of service. St. Mary Knights of Columbus will offer a rosary Friday evening (Oct 19) at 6:00 pm.
Donations in David’s honor may be made to the Solanus Casey Center in Detroit.
Arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, P.O. Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.
Friends and family may leave condolences online at nelsonsfuneralhome.com.