Jere W. Witt, 69, of Martin, passed away Monday, February 6, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg. He was born June 18, 1947, in Toledo to Elizabeth S. (Bringe) and Willard L. Witt. On August 31, 1968, in Fostoria St. Wendelin Catholic Church, he married Kathleen Herman. Jere was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Genoa.
Jere is survived by his greatest blessings, his loving wife of 48 years, Kathleen, son, Mark (Susan) Witt, daughter, Lisa Witt-Cruickshank, grandchildren, Derek and Dylan Witt, Caden and Caitlin Cruickshank and Shelby and Samantha Durbin, sister, Cheryl (Royce) Buehler, sister-in-law, Donna Witt and many nieces and nephews. Jere was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Tom Witt, maternal grandparents, Lillian (Dipman) and Clarence Bringe and paternal grandparents, Alta (Wilkinson) and Rollie Witt.
Jere’s legacy was being a man who loved and supported his family above all others. The countless memories of hunting, attending sporting events and passing on stories and traditions are what “Papa” will be remembered for most. He was instrumental in mentoring so many, especially his children and grandchildren, which he was most proud of and poured his heart into abundantly.
Jere was not only known as a family man but also a man well respected in serving his community. He was actively involved in Ottawa County Conservation League, Genoa Athletic Boosters, Genoa Little League Coach, Ducks Unlimited, and Pheasants Forever. He was recently honored as Erie-Ottawa-Sandusky County Pheasants Forever Conservationist of the Year. Jere was involved in many projects over the years supporting Genoa Schools, whether it was spearheading the levy committee, fundraising or making improvements to facilities.
Jere began his career as a Math teacher at Danbury Schools. He spent the majority of his career as the Ottawa County Administrator, where he was referred to as the 4th commissioner. Jere served on numerous boards including the President of Trustees for the Area Office on Aging, the Ottawa County Improvement Corporation, Davis-Besse Nuclear Review Board and many others.
Friends called 4-8 p.m., Thursday, February 9, and 2-8 p.m., Friday, February 10, at the Robinson-Walker Funeral Home & Crematory, 501 West St., Genoa. The Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Friday evening. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10 a.m., Saturday, February 11, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 204 Main St., Genoa. Interment will follow in Clay Township Cemetery, Genoa. Memorial contributions for Jere may be directed to Genoa Area Local Schools Athletic Dept., 2820 N. Genoa Clay Center Rd., Genoa, OH 43430; or Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto, 204 Main St., Genoa, OH 43430. Condolences may be shared with his family at walkerfuneralhomes.com.