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Arlo Wittstock


Arlo Wittstock, 90, of Lorimor died Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at his home near Lorimor.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 9, at Ochiltree Funeral Service, 1823 N. John Wayne Dr., in Winterset with burial to follow in Lorimor Cemetery. Visitation with family present will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 8, at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to American Legion Post 96 in Lorimor. Online condolences may be left at

Arlo, son of Karl and Grace (Spanjer) Wittstock, was born Feb. 28, 1927, in Burr, Nebraska. In 1929, the family moved to Brockway, Montana, to start farming. They returned to the Burr area during the depression, and shortly after, his father died. 

During WWII at the age of 17, he enlisted in the Coast Guard. He served in the Pacific theater on the troop transport APA 12 USS Leonard Wood, USS Grand Forks, USS Pueblo and the USS Key West. He worked as an engineer on the black gang in the engine room on board the ships. After the war, he worked in the Juilfs Oil Company service station and delivered fuel in Sterling, Nebraska. 

On May 28, 1950, he married Delores Hestermann at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sterling, Nebraska. The couple moved to Iowa and started farming southwest of Osceola in the Lacelle area. In February 1958, the family moved to the farmstead located between Afton and Lorimor. He was an owner of Grand River Sawmill Company. 

Arlo was a member and past commander of American Legion Post 96 in Lorimor for 67 years. He traveled on the first honor flight for WWII veterans to Washington, D.C.

Arlo is survived by his children, Duane (Jennifer) of Norwalk, Carol Murawski (Steve) of Eagle, Wisconsin, Lois Munden (Mark) of Lorimor and Dean (Barbara) of Afton; grandchildren, Jenny Garrison (Brandan) of Evansville, Indiana, Erin Wittstock of Jacksonville, Florida, Jeff Wittstock of Clive, Sarah Murawski of Eagle, Wisconsin, Giles Munden of Corydon, Nathan Murawski of Denver, Colorado, Brandon Wittstock of Afton and Matthew Wittstock of Afton; great-grandchild Hayden Wittstock; brother Donald of Wichita, Kansas, and sister Dee Somer of Papillion, Nebraska. 

Arlo was preceded in death by his wife Delores; parents; brother Darrel, who was killed in WWII; and sister Lavina Schlueter.

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