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James Wittrock

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James Wittrock, 81, of Manning, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020.

James John Wittrock, son of George and Bernadine (Eischeid) Wittrock, was born Nov. 12, 1938, at home in Carroll County, Iowa. He grew up near Templeton and Manning, attending school at Eden Township and Sacred Heart School in Templeton, completing the eighth grade.

Jim was a lifelong farmer and drove truck as an owner/operator hauling grain and livestock to various towns and cities. He also did trucking jobs for Dedham Co-op, Pioneer and many farmers. In 1976, Jim retired from farming and continued to haul grain until 1987. He also served with the Army National Guard and Reserves from 1956-1963. While married to Myra Meeves, the couple had seven children.

In May 1984, Jim married Joan Mesenbrink in Nashua, Iowa. Together, the couple managed Motel 6 locations in New Mexico, Arizona, Michigan and Wisconsin.

Jim was a member of the American Legion. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, riding motorcycle, tending his large garden in Manilla, walking his best buddy Hooch (his dog) in his later years and most recently enjoying his friendly pussy cat, Otis.

Jim is survived by six children: Rick Wittrock of Manning; Tom Wittrock of Manning (Sherri Wagler); Susan Kusel of Thornton, Colorado; Dave Wittrock (Stacie) of Overland Park, Kansas; John Wittrock (Darla Neumann) of Manning; and Sandy Klocke (Kris) of Des Moines; daughter-in-law Karen Wittrock of Kansas; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; sister Agnes Jules of Grand Junction, Colorado; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife: Joan Wittrock; son Mark Wittrock; siblings: Florian Wittrock, Marion Joens and Janet Pevey; stepdaughter Renee Binder; and parents-in-law: Francis and Vera Mesenbrink.

Due to the pandemic, family graveside services will be held at Nishnabotna Cemetery, Manilla, Iowa. A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date.

Arrangements are under the guidance of Ohde Funeral Home (

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