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August 20, 1957

Milton G. Witter, 38, office manager of Mt. Vernon Milling Co., died at 11:45 a.m. today at Welborn Memorial Baptist Hospital in Evansville.


He had been ill of a blood pressure condition for several years and during the weekend suffered a coronary occlusion at his home at 920 Main street.


His condition had been increasingly critical since he suffered the occlusion.


The deceased was treasurer of First Methodist Church and an active figure in civic work particularly as a Kiwanian.


The body will be brought to Short-Niehaus Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon late today following a post-mortem autopsy at the hospital.


Mr. Witter's residence in Mt. Vernon dated from shortly after the purchase of Mt. Vernon Milling Co., by the present ownership.  His wife is the former Helen Hamilton of Mt. Vernon.



Funeral services will be conducted Friday morning for Milton G. Witter, 28, Mt. Vernon, who in ten years of residence in Mt. Vernon had contributed much to the progress of his adopted community of residence.


The office manager of Mt. Vernon Milling Co., assistant treasurer of J.R. Short Milling Co., Chicago, and local civic and church leader succumbed shortly before noon yesterday at Welborn Memorial Baptist Hospital in Evansville to a ruptured aorta, a post-mortem autopsy revealed.  Afflicted with high blood pressure for several years he became critically ill Sunday night at his home at 920 Main street and his condition worsened rapidly after his removal to the hospital.


The body is at the Short-Niehaus Funeral Home where friends may call after 7 o'clock this evening.


The funeral service will be conducted in Short-Niehaus chapel at 10 a.m. Friday.  Officiating clergymen will be Rev. J. Kenneth Forbes, pastor of First Methodist church, in whose affairs the deceased had taken a major role during his residence in Mt. Vernon, and Rev. Frank R. Greer, a former pastor of First Methodist Church who is now minister of Trinity Methodist Church in Evansville.


Beulah lodge, no. 578, Mt. Vernon, Free & Accepted Masons, will conduct graveside rites in Bellefontaine cemetery.  In addition to his membership in Beulah lodge, Mr. Witter was a 32nd degree Mason of Evansville Consistory of Scottish Rite Masons, and a member of Mt. Vernon lodge of Elks.  He was an auditing committeeman of the local Elks lodge at the time of his passing.


Surviving are the wife, nee Helen Hamilton, whose marriage to the deceased took place March 10, 1951; the mother, Mrs. Ada H. Witter, Albert Lea, Minn. a brother, Lee H. Witter, Lansing, Mich., and two nieces, Jean and Susan Witter, Lansing, Mich.


Born in Waseco, Minn. reared in Albert Lea, Minn. and graduated in 1941 from the school of accounting of the University of Minnesota where he was a member of chi Phi fraternity, the deceased came to Mt. Vernon in 1947 as an accountant of Haskins & Sells Auditing  Co. following five years association with his brother in their own accounting firm.


Mr. Witter's original college study was in the field of journalism, an interest reflected in his very successful public relations with the press in later life, but in his upper college years he turned to accounting.  He came to Mt. Vernon to make an expected two weeks audit when J. R. Short Milling Co., Chicago, purchased Mt. Vernon Milling co., from local ownership.  He remained as a loyal employee of a newly organized Mt. Vernon Milling Co., and became a "part and parcel" of his adopted community.


Tireless energy, a keen, analytical intellect and high ideals and noble purposes received quick recognition by Mt. Vernon citizenry and organizations.


Although he had no children, he was a devotee of your programs and launched and guided during its stormy infancy the Cub Scout program in Mt. Vernon.


First Methodist church had no more devout, active member and he was the very efficient treasurer of the church and member of the new house of worship planning committee at the time of his death.


His civic endeavors were directed both through Chamber of Commerce and Kiwanis Club channels.  He was a past directive of the C. of C. a present director of the Kiwanis Club in which he very successfully directed the publication of Kiwanis Club Kids' Day newspaper editions and a past director and chapter of the American Red Cross.



Originally submitted by Betty Sellers