Martin "Marty" Wittig - 62

7/3/1956 - 9/6/2018

Leaf River, IL

9 Comments

  • Matthew Marshall

    1 week, 5 days ago

    My friend Marty, or as I liked to call him Uncle Maaaaarty; 30 years of friendship.  Sincerest condolences to the Family; I cannot express in words.

    Someone once wrote; ”Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and only by this meeting that a new world is born.”  I could not have written any better. 

    Marty and I laughed, hunted, drank a few beers, made jokes (mostly of ourselves) talked politics, talked taxes, talked business, talked religion; you name it, and on a rare occasion shed a tear or two.  My wife once said we were like a couple of old ladies gossiping; gossip we did not.  She would say, what in the world are you guys talking about for so long and I would say “stuff; important stuff, guy stuff but mainly just stuff; it’s a Matty and Marty thing, but you would not understand”.  The world has surely shrunk for the family and friends of Marty. 

    Good Bye Uncle Marty, you will be missed,

    Matt

  • Dave Oberlander

    1 week, 5 days ago

    I heard Friday when friend Roger called me.  Marty and I met Junior year of college.  He photographed my wedding (at St. James in Forreston).  I moved to Minnesota (Marty called it the land of 10,000 taxes) 19 years ago.  But when we came back to Illinois to visit family, I would stay a few evenings at Marty's place.  We solved many problems with the help of whiskey and 7-up.  Unfortunately the problems returned in the morning.  But then we got to solve them again another evening:-).  My wife embroidered shirts and hats at his request saying EXIT IL.  He enjoyed the reactions he received wearing them.  Well Marty, you exited Illinois.  I will really miss you.

  • robert j makowski

    1 week, 5 days ago

    I met Marty in 1976, and he was my college room mate for a year. He was my best friend in the world, and I was so looking forward to the chance to see him on an upcoming visit to TX. The last words I heard from him on 8/28 was that "it's always fun talking". I was blessed by his friendship, which will be irreplaceable. 

  • Robert Stewart

    1 week, 4 days ago

    May the promise found at Isaiah 25:8 bring some comfort in the death of Martin "Marty" Wittig. "He will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces." Just imagine, no more pain and grief due to the death of a love one! By means of the Kingdom that Jesus Christ taught us to pray for at Matthew 6:9,10; God is going to remove sickness, old age and death from the human family. God's original purpose for the earth being a paradise will be realized.

  • Robert Stewart

    1 week, 4 days ago

    May the promise found at Isaiah 25:8 bring some comfort in the death of Martin "Marty" Wittig. "He will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces." Just imagine, no more pain and grief due to the death of a love one! By means of the Kingdom that Jesus Christ taught us to pray for at Matthew 6:9,10; God is going to remove sickness, old age and death from the human family. God's original purpose for the earth being a paradise will be realized.

  • mike rizzone

    1 week ago

    so sorry to hear this. marty welcomed me into his home as if he knew me forever. i visited with my cousin steve and felt like i was a family member. will miss him. rip marty

  • Marty Van Acker

    5 days, 17 hours ago

    Marty was a good friend and a great guy to hang out or party with. First met him at the NIU Grant North dorm. Will miss his company and debating issues with him.

    Condolences to his Family and Nancy Stukenberg.

  • Luke Fredrickson

    4 days, 15 hours ago

    This is very sad news, as Marty was a great colleague during my time at Watt Publishing in Mt. Morris. We worked closely together, and I always enjoyed his frankness and sense of humor. He became a reliable resource as I continued my career elsewhere.

    I am thankful that I was able to see him recently at a gathering of Watt employees at the Old Sandstone building. I have no doubt that my fellow colleagues felt the same about this opportunity to catch up and reminisce. On that evening Marty was his typical happy self, clearly loving his farming life, and of course ready with colorful stories about our past at Watt.

    I will console myself by imagining Marty in the great beyond, bantering with his friend and mentor Clay Schreiber as they discuss their shared passion for farming.

    My heartfelt condolences to his family and many friends.

  • David Gale

    1 day, 22 hours ago

    This is shocking news. I knew Marty well because we both worked for Watt Publishing Co., although meetings between us were too few because I live in the UK and was one of the people responsible for Watt's advertising sales in Europe. However, when we did meet up it was much to the benefit of brewery stocks and we exchanged far too many uninformed views on a multitude of topics. Marty was great company, intelligent and very amusing. He certainly made me laugh.

    This sort of tragedy always seems to happen to the good people in life and Mart was certainly a good person.  He has died far too young and will be sorely missed. 

    RIP Marty.

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