James Paul Wittmer, 61, died August 22, 2013.
James was born September 28, 1951 in Albert Lea to Harold H. and Marleda K. (Attig) Wittmer. He attended Geneva Elementary School and Ellendale School through the 11th grade. In September 1968, the family moved to the Miltona /Spruce Hill area. He finished his senior year of high school and graduated from Jefferson High School in Alexandria.
James farmed most of his life and truly enjoyed milking Jersey cows. In 1972, he bought his own farm on the Douglas/Todd county line. In 1974, he was involved in an accident. Despite this, he farmed until his health no longer permitted .
When he retired, he moved into his new home overlooking Lake Miltona. James also enjoyed spending time with his long-time friend, Steve Goodwin. He had an interest in wood working, being outdoors, driving around in his golf cart looking for wildlife, gardening hunting and fishing.
He is survived by his brothers, Roger (Barb) Wittmer of Osakis, Dan (Anita) Wittmer of Parkers Prairie; sister, Sharon Hemenway of Albert Lea; nephews and nieces, Sam (Dan) O'Rourke, Sue Ruble, Jason (Roxanne) Ruble, Rebecca (Jay) Gravholt, Kelly Hemenway, Ray Hemenway Jr., Michelle (Chris) Roeszler, Michael (Amie) Wittmer, Dan'elle Wittmer, Zach Wittmer; great-nieces and nephews, Ashton, Hannah, Nicholas, Derck, Amanda, Stassy, Taylor, Alex, Mathew, Ethan and Bentley; great-great-niece, Kinley; uncle, Orville "Orv" Wittmer; and many cousins and friends.
James was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Marleda Wittmer; sister, Mary Stanley; and nephew, Gregory Wittmer.
A memorial service was held Tuesday, August 27 at Anderson Funeral Home with Pastor Kenneth Thiele officiating. Honorary urn bearers were Steve Goodwin and Richard Vogt. Inurnment will be held at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Albert Lea at a later date.
Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria; www.andersonfuneral.net.