Kennith Ray DeWitt
January 12, 1922 - August 4, 2011
Residence: Washburn, MO
Formerly of: Powell, MO
Kennith Ray DeWitt, age 89, of Washburn, Missouri passed away on Thursday, August 4, 2011 at the Northwest Medical Center in Bentonville, Arkansas. Mr. DeWitt, son of Frank Leon and Retha Pearl (Daugherty) DeWitt, was born on January 12, 1922 in Powell, Missouri. He played on the school basketball team and graduated from Southwest High School in 1942. After graduation, he was drafted into the United States Army where he honorably served for three years. During his time in the US Army, he aided in and bravely reclaimed the beaches of Normandy in the monumental D-Day Invasion during World War II and was awarded five bronze stars. On July 19, 1946, he was united in marriage to Crilla J. Cook in Columbus, Kansas. They enjoyed 61 years of marriage before Crilla preceded him in death on November 17, 2007. Mr. DeWitt was a life-long resident of the Washburn area and was devoted to Southwest Schools. He was a former member of the Southwest School Board and enjoyed attending any and all Southwest Athletic activities. Kennith was a dairy farmer and retired from Daisy Manufacturing in Rogers, Arkansas after 27 years of service. Mr. DeWitt was a Deacon and member of the First Baptist Church of Washburn, Missouri and a life-time member of VFW and the American Legion.
Survivors include one son, James Ray DeWitt, and his wife, Ruth, of Evanston, Wyoming; three daughters, Joyce Lahr, of Washburn, Missouri, Janice Faulkner, and her husband, Laymon, of West Fork, Arkansas, and Jeanette Hilburn, and her husband, David, of Exeter, Missouri; 14 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Neva Irene Jopling, of Lytle, Texas. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at the White Funeral Home in Cassville, Missouri with burial to follow at Roller Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Monday, August 8th at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Washburn or the the Southwest School Backpack Program and may be entrusted to the White Funeral