Jay E. Witte, 57, of Decatur, IN, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, August 19, 2019, at St. Joseph Hospital in Ft. Wayne. He was born in Decatur, IN, on January 22, 1962, the son of Edwin E. and Betty L. (Hockemeyer) Witte. On September 22, 1984, he married Jo E. Snyder.
He was a lifelong member of St. John Lutheran Church, Bingen, where he served as the Church Treasurer for 16 years. He was a 1980 graduate of Bellmont High School and a 1984 graduate of I.P.F.W., receiving a Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Jay worked in Engineering for over 30 years, with his last position being the owner/operator of Integrated Systems.
He loved his family unconditionally, especially his children and grandchildren. He was an avid Purdue Boilermakers fan. He enjoyed his time at Hamilton Lake with family and friends and House boating on Dale Hollow in Tennessee.
Jay is survived by the love of his life and wife of 34 years, Jo E. Witte of Decatur; his mother, Betty L. Witte of Decatur; 2 daughters, Holly (Noah) Barnard of Huntington and Katie (Heath) Fullenkamp of Decatur; 3 brothers, Gene (Merrylu) Witte, Jan Witte, and Jeff (Tonda) Witte all of Decatur; 4 grandchildren, Rebecca & Mallory Barnard and Bentley & Brody Fullenkamp. He was preceded in death by his father, Edwin E. Witte in 1986.
Visitation will be from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 22, 2019 at Haggard-Sefton-Hirschy & Zelt Funeral Home.
A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 23, 2019 at St. John Lutheran Church, Bingen, with visitation prior from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. in St. John Lutheran Church, Bingen Parish Hall. Pastor Peter Brock will be officiating and burial will follow in the St. John Lutheran Church Cemetery, Bingen.
Memorials may be made to St. John Lutheran Church, Bingen 175th Anniversary Mission Fund.