Arthur "Art" Witthoft
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“So sorry for the loss of your father. Having just lost my dad in November, I have some idea of the aftermath in losing a parent and having hospice...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Sue Berdo Stannard - Cedar Rapids, IA

“So sorry we couldn't make it to the services. Great Uncle Art was so kind! Prayers to all the family! Much Love, Abby & Rachel Witthoft ”
2 of 12 | Posted by: Abigail Witthoft - Sidney, IA

“Dear Witthoft Family, We were sorry to read of Art's passing. We send our sympathy. May God be with you as you adjust to life without your husband...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Bob and Barb Donkersloot and family - IA

“Dear Kathy and family, I just read about the passing of your father. What a wonderful couple Art and Martha were:) I have many fond memories of...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Peggy Crull - Coralville, IA

“Dear Kathy and family, I just read about your fathers death and want to extend my sympathies. You have been such a blessing to your family and I...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Krista (Satterfield)Kessell - MD

“I want to express my sympathy to you Marth and Bill, Jim, and Kathy. I have many good memories of Art and all of you over the many years our...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Willard Larsen - Camanche, IA

“Our thoughts are with all of Art's family. I feel that this family is fortunate to have each other as well as friends that will help them through...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Judy & Tom Murphy - Washington, IA

“Just wanted to express my condolences to the family. Have has many connections to the family growing up north of Washington over the years. From way...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Kathy Ebert - Washington, IA

“Thoughts & prayers to the entire Witthoft family. Sorry for your loss. Jeff & Traci Koeppel ”
9 of 12 | Posted by: Jeff Koeppel - North Liberty, IA

“I am sorry to hear of your loss, please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers, and if we can do anything please ask. ”
10 of 12 | Posted by: Tammy Crull - friend

“So sorry to hear you have lost your dad Kathy. Thinking of you. Peg ”
11 of 12 | Posted by: Peg Harris - Washington, IA

“I will always remember Uncle Art as a kind and friendly man. He always had a smile to share, and I will remember his laughter after he made some...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: Sara Wylie Dew - Reed City, MI


Arthur John "Art" Witthoft, age 98, of Washington, Iowa, died Monday, February 11, 2013 following a short illness.

Celebration of life services will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 15, 2013 at the United Presbyterian Church with Rev. Bob Wollenberg officiating. Visitation will begin noon Thursday at the Jones & Eden Funeral Home where the family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Interment with military honors conducted by Washington American Legion Post 29 will take place at the Elm Grove Cemetery in Washington. Memorials have been established for the United Presbyterian Church or Hospice of Washington County. Online condolences may be sent for Art's family through the web at www.jonesfh.com.

Art was born March 16, 1914, in Washington, Iowa, the son of Henry John William and Frieda Catherine (Schultz) Witthoft. He attended school in Washington and graduated from Washington High School in 1932. On June 28, 1943, Art was united in marriage to Martha E. Wylie in Washington, Iowa.

Art was a veteran of World War II having served in the United States Army from 1942 until 1945 in the 79th Infantry Division, later to become known as the famous 79th. Art was battlefield commissioned as Second Lieutenant. He farmed all of his life in the Keota community and northeast of Washington, retiring in 1985. He was a member of the United Presbyterian Church in Washington where he was an Elder and served as Sunday School Superintendent for 42 years. Art was a 4-H Leader and a member of D.A.V.(Disabled American Veterans). He enjoyed spending time with and playing cards with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Martha E. Witthoft of Washington, Iowa; son, William "Bill" Witthoft and wife Kay of Washington, Iowa; son, James "Jim" Witthoft and wife Linda of Ainsworth, Iowa; daughter, Kathy Witthoft and friend Tom Hartsock of Ainsworth, Iowa; five grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, and thirteen great-grandchildren. Art is also survived by his brother Ralph Witthoft and wife Martha I. of Washington, Iowa; sister, Louise Armstrong of Bellevue, Nebraska; sister-in-law, Evelyn Witthoft of Washington, Iowa; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Art was preceded in death by his parents; son, Robert Witthoft; grandson, Brian Witthoft; sister, Frances Miller; and brothers Wilbur, Ernest, Wayne and infant brother Raymond Witthoft.

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