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Memorial services for Captain Lloyd F. Wittenburg age 75, of Montalba will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, August 12, 2017 at Evangelistic Temple with Pastor James Henderson officiating. Arrangements have been entrusted to and provided by Bailey & Foster Funeral Home.
Mr. Wittenburg passed away Sunday, August 6, 2017 at his residence. He was born May 15, 1941 in Deshler, Nebraska to Rev. Everett Lewis Wittenburg and Helen Maxine Thompson Wittenburg.
First and foremost, Lloyd was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was a loving son, brother, and uncle. He was a wonderful provider who helped anyone he could-- be it family, friends or strangers. And he loved his animals, land, and God's creationespecially the 'Wild Blue Yonder
Lloyd was a man of many talents from farming to racing, to sailing, to teaching, though his main love and career path was in the aviation industry. His career started at a young age flying for the U.S. Forest Service. He was the first corporate pilot for Adolph Coors. Among many different flying opportunities, he served for the Airwing of the CIAAir America, and also was instrumental in growing the commercial aviation industry. Lloyd was a respected aviation safety specialist, worked in airline management, and accident investigations as needed. His first love was flying as a line captain, first for Western Airlines, and then finishing his career retiring from Delta Airlines May 15, 2001, having professionally flown collectively over 50 years. After retiring, he moved from Georgia to Montalba, TX to be closer to family and continued to fly light aircraft, race cars, and ride motorcycles where he fell in love with CMA's Redeemed Riders chapter in Palestine as he was very passionate about spreading the Good News of Salvation. He also picked up his childhood passion of loving the land and producing some of the best hay in east Texas with his and his wife Mary's Whispering Springs Farm custom hay business.
Mr. Wittenburg was preceded in death by his parents, Rev. E.L. Wittenburg and Helen M. Wittenburg, father-in-law and mother-in-law Jack and Wilda B., and a sister Gertrude Borgman. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Mary Lee Tubbs Wittenburg of Montalba, son Dan Wittenburg of Wheat Ridge, CO., daughters Lisa Fenhouse and husband William of Ripon Wisconsin, Lori Pruitt and husband Kerry of Nacogdoches, TX., and Heather Wittenburg of Tyler, TX., grandchildren and great grandchildren, Jeff O'Brien and wife Claire and son Vincent of Shawano, WI., Caroline and Kimberly Pruitt of Nacogdoches, TX., and Kaylee DeHart (daughter of Heather Wittenburg) of Tyler, TX., brothers, Henry Wittenburg and wife Deanie, Everett Wittenburg and wife Judy, Carl Wittenburg and wife Joyce, brothers-in-law, James Tubbs and Ralph Borgman, numerous nieces and nephews.
Food and fellowship will follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks instead for memorial donations to be made to Redeemed Riders #654, the local chapter of Christian Motorcyclists Association of which Lloyd was a proud member and supporter. The mailing address is 3258 East FM 323, C/O Lloyd F. Wittenburg Memorial, Palestine, TX. 75801.
To view online leave condolences or sign the guest book go to www.baileyandfosterfuneralhome.com
Published on August 10, 2017
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