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Mervyn Allan Witt

| June 29, 2022 12:00 AM

Mervyn Allan Witt, formerly of St. Regis, moved to his heavenly home on Sept. 22, 2021 from Springfield, Oregon.

Merv was born to Willard and Alice Sanger Witt in Luther, Michigan on April 21, 1936. He married Dorothy Bronkema on July 16, 1955 in Casnovia, Michigan. Together, they built a home on 20 acres on Canada Road, which they sold when they moved to Montana in 1963, when Merv changed careers from plastics researcher for rocket technology to running heavy equipment and building roads.

After working on the Clark Canyon Dam near Dillon and Interstate 90 at the Wye, they moved to St. Regis in 1965, where they lived for 50 years. He became an excellent cat skinner and made the initial cuts on a lot of the Interstate as well as a number of other roads in Western Montana.

While working in road construction, Merv bought and ran a laundrymat and trailer park. Additionally, he designed and built the Community Bible Church and a family home. He also served as a song leader for the church, taught the adult Sunday school class, and served as an elder. At home, he provided food for the family through hunting, and he always raised a large garden.

Merv was predeceased by his father, Willard, mother Alice, brother Eugene and his wife, Doris. Our mom, Dorothy, died in 2017. He is survived by his brother Duane and Natha Witt of Liberty, SC; and sister-in-laws Pat Bronkema and Joyce and Jim Wright. He is also survived by daughters Debbie and Glen Eickmeyer of Eugene, OR, and Diane and Mike Scott of Gearhart, OR; grandchildren: Kristen Larkin, Angie Sanchez, Erin and Benji Kline, Greg and Carol Eickmeyer, Steven and Elizabeth Scott, and Grace Eickmeyer; and 8 great-grandchildren.

There will be a memorial service at the St. Regis Community Bible Church on Sunday, July 3 at 3 p.m.

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