Frank H. DeWitt

July 28, 1927 ‒ July 16, 2020

Delaware, Ohio

Frank H. DeWitt, 92, of Delaware passed away peacefully early Thursday morning, July 16, 2020 at Passages at Willow Brook Christian Village in Delaware.

He was born July 28, 1927 in Delaware to the late Walter and Violet (Johnston) DeWitt. After graduating high school, Frank proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army as an instructor for mechanics and electronics on tanks. In 1950, he married the love of his life Elizabeth Allman. Together they shared 70 years of marriage.

A proud farmer and lifelong Delaware County resident, Frank was bound to the earth from the day of his birth. He loved working on farm equipment, could fix anything and was always tinkering with something, a “jack of all trades”. He was a well-known and well-respected mechanic. He worked for the telephone company, Farmer’s Exchange and alongside his brother, he worked as a well driller. He also served as an auxiliary patrolman.

Having a passion for tractors, you could always find him showing refurbished antique tractors at the fairgrounds during the Delaware County Fair, where he also volunteered, assisted and worked at the tractor display.

His mornings consisted of meeting at the South Sandusky Street McDonald’s and drinking coffee with his friends and lunch was always enjoyed at Burger King. He enjoyed spending time with his family and was a devoted and faithful member and trustee of the former Stratford St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, the Hiram Masonic Lodge #18 and Odd Fellows Lodge, all of Delaware. Frank had also worked numerous years for Bennett Brown, Bennett Brown Rodman and Rodman Neeper Funeral Homes in Delaware and Ashley, assisting in whatever capacity needed.

Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife, Elizabeth; 1 son and 1 daughter; 3 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Frank was preceded in death by a brother and 2 sisters.

There will be no calling hours or funeral services at this time. Burial will be at a later date in Oak Grove Cemetery.

Contributions in Frank’s memory may be made to Willow Brook at Christian Village, 100 Willow Brook Way South, Delaware, Ohio 43015.

The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center of Delaware is honored to serve this veteran and his family.

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  • Liz, so sorry to hear of Franks passing. He was always ready to do whatever needed done at the funeral home. He was always so steady, never complaining, always faithful. He will be missed by many and I was proud to work with him and know him as a friend.

  • Dear Elizabeth, I just learned of Frank’s passing and send you my deepest sympathies. Working with you and Frank at Stratford was a real lesson to me on giving. Your calm good humor and Frank’s willingness to rescue us anytime of day or night was a gift to us that we could never repay. Whenever I saw his truck I felt like it was the embodiment of mechanical harmony, on it’s way to set the universe right one stripped bolt at a time. He came over one time and I was surrounded by parts and I mentioned my quandry and he very matter of factly said, (but with a slight smile and a touch of good humor in his voice, “Well, if you use something, it will break.” I knew I was at the feet of a master.
    I really believe a person who gives his life in the service of the world in the way that he did is the most noble and admirable way to lift humanity. I pray these days are filled for you with love of family and friends. Thank you, Elizabeth, and God bless.

  • Dear Liz,

    Clyde and I echo Paul’s description of Frank – always willing to help out at Stratford wherever needed, with a sense of calmness and confidence. He truly was a blessing to help us get started in those early days. My late husband, Jack (Warner) really enjoyed his encounters with Frank and his brother And later on, Clyde and I would spend quality time with him at the Delaware Co. Fair, admiring the antique tractors he took care of.

    And you – you were always at Stratford to help do whatever chores needed to be done, as well. We cherish the times you both spent there. Clyde and I have each lost a spouse, so can sympathize somewhat with what you are going through. There comes a time when those wonderful memories of your life together will sustain you.

    Take care, stay healthy. All our love, Louise Warner (and Clyde Gosnell).

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