George “Bud” Witte

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George F. “Bud” Witte, 91, of Garnavillo, passed away on Monday, April 20, 2015, at the Guttenberg Care Center.  Bud was born December 19, 1923, to Harvey Witte Sr. and Florence (Tieden) Witte, in Elkader. He was united in marriage to Bernadine Moser on April 22, 1951. She passed away March 23, 2003. Bud was a longtime farmer in the Garnavillo area, and a wonderful son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was an avid fisherman, a member of the “Dead Lake Five” Canadian Fishing group, the Elkader Golf and Country Club and Peace United Church of Christ (UCC) in Elkader.

Survivors include a son, Gary Witte, Garnavillo; three daughters, Sue (Tom) Worley, Omaha, NE; Joyce (Peter) Kann, Garnavillo, and Julie (Todd) Shepherd, Iowa City; four grandchildren, Casey (Kristen) Kann, Kelly (Brian) Trzesniak; Marc and Laura Shepherd; four great grandchildren; Rhowan and Adalyn Trzesniak, Ava and Carter Kann; ,a sister, Betty (Jack) McGee of Grand Blanc, Michigan; sister-in-law LaVon Witte of Marion; numerous nieces and nephews, and his special canine companion Jada.

Bud was preceded in death by his parents, wife (Bernadine), brother (Harvey) and sister-in-law (Judy Hagen).

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Leonard Funeral Home & Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left with

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