Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Kennith Ray DeWitt, 89, of Washburn, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011, at the Northwest Medical Center in Bentonville, Ark. He was born on Jan. 12, 1922, in Powell, son of Frank Leon and Retha Pearl (Daugherty) DeWitt. He graduated from Southwest High School in 1942. After graduation, he was drafted into the U.S. Army where he honorably served for three years. During his time in the Army, he aided in reclaiming the beaches of Normandy in the D-Day Invasion during World War II and was awarded five bronze stars. On July 19, 1946, he was united in marriage to Crilla J. Cook in Columbus, Kan. She preceded him in death on Nov. 17, 2007. Mr. DeWitt was a life-long resident of the Washburn area and was a dairy farmer. He retired from Daisy Manufacturing in Rogers, Ark. after 27 years of service. He was a deacon and member of the First Baptist Church of Washburn, and he was a life-time member of VFW and the American Legion.

Survivors include: one son, James Ray DeWitt, and his wife, Ruth, of Evanston, Wyo.; three daughters, Joyce Lahr, of Washburn, Janice Faulkner, and her husband, Laymon, of West Fork, Ark., and Jeanette Hilburn, and her husband, David, of Exeter; 14 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Neva Irene Jopling, of Lytle, Texas. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at the White Funeral Home in Cassville. burial was at Roller Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Washburn or the Southwest School Backpack Program and may be entrusted to the White Funeral Home.