HOLDEN — Walter H. DeWitt, 83, of 68 Reservoir St., died Wednesday, October 26, 2005, in Heywood Hospital, Gardner after an illness.
He leaves his wife of 57 years, Virginia R. (Johnson) DeWitt; a son, Richard H. DeWitt of Holden; a daughter, Elaine S. Morrison of Leicester; three brothers, William F. and Francis DeWitt, both of Granby, and Jiles R. DeWitt of St. Petersburg, Fla.; a sister, Phyllis J. McCoy of Pinellas Park, Fla.; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; nephews and nieces. A son, Steven W. DeWitt of Holden, died in 1971. He was born in Granby, the son of William H. and Beulah F. (Bray) DeWitt, and lived 13 years in Shrewsbury and over 45 years in Holden.
Mr. DeWitt graduated from South Hadley High School and Worcester Vocational Technical High School. He worked at Norton Company for 30 years, retiring in 1978. He was a member of Chaffin Congregational Church, Norton’s 25 Year Club and the John E. Harkins American Legion Post 42 in Holden. He is a World War II Marine Corps veteran, serving with the Edson’s Raiders in the Asiatic Pacific Theater. He also served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He enjoyed gardening, fishing and spending time with his family.
The funeral service was October 31, in Chaffin Congregational Church. Burial was in Worcester County Memorial Park, Paxton. Memorial donations may be made to the Memorial Fund of Chaffin Congregational Church, 155 Shrewsbury St., Holden, MA 01520. Miles Funeral Home, 1158 Main St., Holden, directed arrangements.