Phillip Witt

Posted 8/5/21

HUME — Phillip Lee Witt, 74, of Hume, passed away at 6:06 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 3, at IU Health University Hospital, Indianapolis, Ind.

A funeral service is 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, at the …

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Phillip Witt

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HUME — Phillip Lee Witt, 74, of Hume, passed away at 6:06 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 3, at IU Health University Hospital, Indianapolis, Ind.

A funeral service is 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, at the Hume United Methodist Church, with Pastor Gene Creek officiating. Burial follows in Young America Cemetery. Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13, at Joines Funeral Home, Newman. The family encourages all of his friends, family or strangers to attend a luncheon at the Hume Community Center, 101 Front Street, Hume, following the service Saturday, Aug. 14.

 Mr. Witt was born March 23, 1947, the son of the late Roscoe Witt and Vernita Berry. He married Linda Ash from rural Hume on June 18, 1976, in Chrisman.

He is survived by his wife, Linda King Ash-Witt of Hume; two children, Chandra (Sean) Gerberding of Hume and Brad (Erika Anzo) Witt of Tuscola IL; six grandchildren who were three pairs of twins, Alexandria Gerberding of Paris, U.S. Navy GSEFN Samantha Gerberding of Everett, Wash., Landon and Logan Gerberding of Hume and Lincoln and Memphis Witt of Tuscola; one sister, Nita Rae McCallum of Terre Haute, Ind; and two nephews and one niece.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Delya Witt.

Mr. Witt was born and raised in the Hume and Chrisman area. He attended Young America High School in Metcalf. In 1966, he was drafted in the U.S. Army and served as an infantry solider from 1966-1968 in the Vietnam War.

He was employed at Shiloh School as a maintenance worker for 36 years. In 2010, he and his wife renovated the family farm home and opened Aunt Ariel's Bed and Breakfast where they reside.  They also managed Quality Housing in Hume and handled the family farm.

Mr. Witt enjoyed traveling, his family and grandkids and anything to do with an engine. He was an avid Chicago Cubs and Fighting Illini fan. His favorite thing was having meals with his family.

He was an active and devoted member of the Hume United Methodist Church his whole life. He was a 52-year member of the Hume Roth Williams American Legion Post #369. As a service officer, he enjoyed placing the flags on Memorial Day. Both he and his wife received donations for the avenue flags throughout the town of Hume for holidays.

Memorial donations may be made for a memorial scholarship to the Hume Roth Williams Legion Post #369 or www.gofundme.com and search for Phil Witt.

Online condolences at joinesfuneralhome.com.