Herbert Witkoske, 92


Herbert Lewis Witkoske, 92, formerly of Wabash, died at 6:05 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at Peabody Healthcare Center, North Manchester. 

He was born October 25, 1920 in St. Joseph, Mich., to Paul Herbert and Bertha Ann (Zupke) Witkoske. He married Ardis Christine Brembeck in Urbana, on March 23, 1946. 

Herb was a St. Joseph Michigan High School graduate and a 1945 graduate of North Central College in Naperville, Ill.  He owned King-Hipskind Hardware in Wabash, retiring after 25 years. Herb was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church, Urbana, and was a youth Sunday school teacher 30 years. He was also a longtime member of the Wabash Lions Club. Herb was an avid Chicago White Sox Fan, a golfer and a gardener. He was very active in his church, and loved his grandchildren.  He and Ardis have lived at Peabody Retirement Community since 2001, and also lived on Lake Wawasee for 10 years.

He is survived by his wife, Ardis Christine Witkoske, North Manchester; two children, Judy (John) Eltzroth, Urbana, and Steven (Teresa) Witkoske, Wabash; three grandchildren, Amy (Jason) McDaniel, Michigan City, Andy (Nicole) Eltzroth, Lombard, Ill., and Evan Witkoske, Lafayette; four great-grandchildren, Mira McDaniel and Christian McDaniel, both of Michigan City, and Emma Eltzroth and Elaina Eltzroth, both of Lombard; and his sister, Carol Tober of Tuscon, Arizona. He was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services will be held at Grace United Methodist Church, Urbana on Thursday, Jan. 17, 10:30 a.m., with Rev. Larry Ray and Pastor Randy Myers officiating.  Burial will be in Speicher Cemetery, Urbana.  Friends may call 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash, and one hour prior to the service Thursday at the church.

Preferred memorials are to Peabody Caring Circle or Speicher Cemetery.

The memorial guest book for Herb may be signed at

Posted on 2013 Jan 28