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Olmer Wittman

August 12, 2018

Olmer J. Wittman – Hays, Kansas, age 92, died Sunday, August 12, 2018, at the Good Samaritan Society of Hays. He was born September 14, 1925, on the farm at Vincent, Kansas to Michael and Anna (Brungardt) Wittman Jr.  He married Mildred L. (Windholz) on October 19, 1948, in Emmeram, Kansas.

He was a sewing machine salesman and service technician for over 30 years.  He worked for the universal Sewing Machine Center of Wichita, Singer Sewing Center and Hays Vacuum / Sewing Center both in Hays until he retired in 2012.  He attended Vincent Grade School and was a 1945 graduate of Victoria High School.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, St. Joseph 3rd degree Knights of Columbus and 4th degree member of Bishop Cunningham Assembly all of Hays.  He was a past member of the Sunflower Polka Club. He played the mandolin with his father’s band “The Mike Wittman Band” later, he and his two brothers-in-laws, Augie and Leroy Windholz, formed the group “The Dutch Hop Boys”. Finally Olmer, formed his own group “The Polkaneers”. Between these three groups he shared the joy of polka music with the community and surrounding area for over 50 years.

Survivors include his wife, of almost 70 years, Mildred Wittman, of the home; two sons, Alan Wittman and wife, Sammy and Larry Wittman and wife, Michelle, both of Hays, KS; three daughters, Wanda Krug and husband, Jerry, Wichita, KS; Karen Disch and husband, Don, Edmond, OK; Brenda Schremmer and husband,  Perry, Topeka, KS; one sister-in-law, Katie Windholz, Quinter, KS; nine grandchildren; 11 step grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren and 12 step great grandchildren.

Olmer was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Lillian Romme and husband, Harry; Valeria Rome and husband, Wilmer; Lucille De Young; one brother, Vernon Wittman and wife, Armella; two brothers-in-law, Linus Windholz and wife, Ida; and Leroy Windholz.

Services are 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, August 15, 2018, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 13th and Ash, Hays. Kansas.  Burial in St. Joseph Cemetery, Hays, Kansas.

Visitation is from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Tuesday, at Cline’s-Keithley Mortuary of Hays, 1919 East 22nd Street, Hays, Kansas 67601 and from 9:00 to 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, at St. Joseph Church, Hays, Kansas.

A Daughters of Isabella rosary will be at 6:30 P.M. Tuesday, a Knights of Columbus 3rd and 4th degree rosary will be at 6:45 P.M. Tuesday, followed by a vigil service at 7:00 P.M. Tuesday, all at Cline’s-Keithley Mortuary of Hays.  The 4th Degree Assembly Knights of Columbus will stand honor guard from 6:00 to 7:00 P.M. Tuesday, at the mortuary.

The family suggest memorials to St. Joseph Catholic Church, Good Samaritan Society of Hays or Hospice of Hays Medical Center.

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