Orcia “Red” Witt

August 18, 1931 ‒ August 31, 2017

Marengo, Ohio

Orcia “Red” Witt, age 86, of Marengo, passed away peacefully at his home Thursday evening, August 31, 2017.

On August 18, 1931, Red was born in Harlan County, KY, one of 11 children of the late John and Mary (Doss) Witt.  He graduated from Evarts High School in Kentucky and then furthered his education at Coyne Electrical School in Chicago.

Before completing his college education, Red was drafted into the U.S Army and proudly served his country during the Korean War.

After realizing through friends that there was a mutual attraction, Red began dating the destined love of his life, Wilma Jean Moore.  They were married on May 28, 1955 in Sneedville, TN and shared almost 61 wonderful years together as husband and wife before she preceded him in death on May 23, 2016.

For many years, Red worked for Snyder’s Milling in Marengo.  He was their right hand man, performing any job that needed completed.  He also made sure the star on top of the mill was lit every Christmas for over 50 years.  Upon his retirement from the mill, Red drove a delivery truck 40 hours a week for NAPA Auto Parts until he was 85.

Red loved playing music.  If it had strings on it, he could play it.  Every Saturday morning he would get a bunch of donuts, grab his mandolin, and get together with some of his musician friends to play bluegrass gospel music through the day.

Red could do anything with his own two hands.  He built the home he and Wilma raised their family in and there was nothing there he couldn’t fix.  He was also a fantastic welder.

Family meant everything to Red.  He truly enjoyed being with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Sunday afternoon drives were something he always cherished with Wilma.  His heart broke last year when she passed away, but he has now been reunited with his beautiful bride.

Red will be dearly missed by a daughter, Sharon (Larry) Hildebrand of Marengo; a son, Michael (Juanita) Witt of Marengo; five grandchildren: John (Aundraya) Hildebrand of Walterboro, SC, James (Jamie) Hildebrand of Thomson, GA, Sarah Hildebrand of Orlando, FL, M. Benjamin (Krystal) Witt of Bucyrus, Nicholas (Taylor) Witt of Marengo; five great grandchildren: Tula, Wren, Connor, Emily and Lucas Hildebrand; and a sister, Geneva (Earl) Howard of Delaware.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by nine brothers and sisters: Howard, Lawrence, Vilder, Chester, Earl, Otis, Clercia, Ada and Buelah.

Red’s family will greet friends from 4 – 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead.  Services to honor and celebrate his life will be held there at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 with Jim Brucker officiating.  Burial with military honors provided by the active duty U.S. Army, VFW Post 8054 and AmVets Post 87 will follow in Bloomfield Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Morrow County, 228 South St., Mount Gilead, OH 43338, in honor of the wonderful care they provided to Red and his family.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Red’s family, and your special memories or condolences may be shared with them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • Sharon and Michael,
    I was saddened to hear about the death of Uncle Orcia. I’m so glad that we were able to talk on the telephone over that past couple of months and our conversations during that time will stay with me for the rest of my life. He was so much like my father, Howard Witt, in looks and talent. My love and prayers are with you and your families during this difficult time.
    Wanda Lombardo

  • My dad always said in any business there are usually 3 to 5 people that make it all happen. At Snyder’s Red was certainly one of those. A tireless worker who could do anything with his hands as well as figure anything out with his mind. So sorry for your loss Sharon and family. He was truly a pillar of our small community in his own way.
    Dan And Candy Tripp

  • So sorry to hear of Red’s passing. He was a good man and always had a smile and a hello when ever you seen him. With our deepest sympathy to the family.

  • So many memories, the time of playing in the house with you, Sharon, and listening to music. Your dad had a heart of gold, and he will be missed by many. Hugs and prayers for you, and Mike, and all of the family.

  • Thinking of you, Sharon and all your family. Praying God’s gifts of comfort and peace be upon you.
    Roger and Linda

  • Red,
    You will be missed by a lot of people. You were such a friendly person and always had a smile on your face.
    I’ve known this man for over 50 years, he was a great friend to me. Lots of prayers to his family.
    God be with you Red.
    Dallas Kinder (D.A.)