Richard Wittenauer Sr.

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Richard Edward Wittenauer Sr., 78, of Millstadt, IL, born July 20, 1942, passed away Thursday, February 11, 2021, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL, with his family by his side.

Richard was born to Raymond O. and Angeline E., nee Muckensturm, Wittenauer. He attended Cathedral High School. He served in the Marines from March, 1960 to February, 1966. He graduated from Ranken Technical College in St. Louis. Richard married Danna Winkelmann, in April, 1966. He retired from Afton Chemical in Sauget, IL in 2010. There he served as ICWU Local 871 Union President for many years. He lived in Millstadt with his wife of 54 years, Danna, and his dog Lucy. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Angeline Wittenauer; his brother, Raymond Wittenauer; two sisters-in-law, Linda Wittenauer and Carol Wittenauer; brothers-in-law, Bob Brauer and Les Childers; and his niece, Linda Wittenauer Honea.

Richard is survived by his wife, Danna, nee Winkelmann, Wittenauer;
his children Evvie Wittenauer, Rich (Rebecca) Wittenauer, and Sharon (Mike) Busch;
and his grandchildren, Garrett, Braden, Lauren, and Sarah.
He is also survived by his brothers and sisters, Sharon (Larry) Webb, Bonnie (Ron) Dietzel, James (Marian) Wittenauer, Kenny Wittenauer, Kathy Wittenauer, Steve (Patti) Wittenauer, and Edie (Al) Blaylock;
his sister-in-law, Rita (Dennis) Hall;
and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Paws for Pets, PO Box 445, Troy, IL 62294. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Memorial Visitation:  Friends may visit the family from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 11, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: Funeral Services with military honors will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, June 11, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.


19 Comments on Richard Wittenauer Sr.

Diane Busch said : Guest Report Jun 07, 2021 at 7:18 PM

Sharon and family, I am sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. May all the wonderful memories sustain you as well as your faith that you will be together in eternity in God’s time. Sending love from all of my family to yours.

  • Edwardsville
  • IL
Jan Watson said : Guest Report May 11, 2021 at 12:51 PM

Evie, Sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Please accept my sympathy. Sincerely, Jan (Renner) Watson

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Gary Schneider said : Guest Report Mar 13, 2021 at 10:38 AM

My condolences to Richards entire family. I have not seen Richard for many years but remember him well from our brief time in high school. He was one of the good guys.

  • Springfield
  • IL
Marilyn (Ernst) Buehlhorn said : Guest Report Feb 20, 2021 at 10:02 PM

Dear Danna & Family, My sincerest sympathy on Richard's passing. Know that you are in my thoughts & prayers.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Wayne and Marilyn Layman said : Guest Report Feb 19, 2021 at 5:26 PM

To the Wittenauer Family: We wish to express our sympathy to you for Richard. You and your family are in our prayers Love, Wayne and Marilyn Layman

  • Fairview Heights
  • IL
Steve & Gwen Winn said : Guest Report Feb 17, 2021 at 11:11 AM

Heartfelt condolences to Dana and the rest of the Wittenauer family.. Love and God Bless, Steve and Gwen Winn

  • Glen Carbon
  • Il.
Mark A Eros said : Guest Report Feb 17, 2021 at 10:55 AM

Danna, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. You were my 5th grade teacher at St Marys 1961-1962. I remember going to your house in Sherwood Forest to bring you christmas cookies with my Dad, Al, delivered mail and my Mom had Viola's Beauty Shop by Harter's Hobby Shop. May God be with you and yours now and always.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Jim said : Guest Report Feb 17, 2021 at 9:31 AM

Vivian and I wish to extend our sincere condolences on Dick’s passing. He was a great guy and was a great friend. May God bless you Danna and the rest of your family. Please let us know of a future service. We would be honored to attend. Jim Keim

  • Ofallon
  • Il
Karen Jackson Fieker said : Guest Report Feb 17, 2021 at 7:39 AM

Dana, I was one of your former students when you taught school at St. Mary's. I am so very sorry to read about the passing of your husband. May perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Dennis Phillips AKA Seadog said : Guest Report Feb 17, 2021 at 6:43 AM

So sorry to hear of Witt's passing. prayers to him and family.

  • Cahokia
  • Illinois
Bob & Pam Hunter said : Guest Report Feb 16, 2021 at 12:43 PM

Danna, our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Rich was not only a great union brother but also a friend. I have a lot of good memories of our friendship. He will be missed.

  • Pontoon Beach
  • IL
Carol A DeRossett said : Guest Report Feb 16, 2021 at 10:49 AM

I was so sorry to learn of Mr. Wittenauer's death. My condolences to the family. Savor the memories and share the good times. My deepest sympathy.

  • Swansea
  • IL
Michael DeRossett said : Guest Report Feb 16, 2021 at 10:47 AM

My deepest sympathy to Witt and his family. Mr. Wittenauer was always good to me and we shared many good times and laughs.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Eveline Elghanian said : Guest Report Feb 16, 2021 at 10:43 AM

Becky my condolences for loss of your father. Eveline

  • Illinois
Pat Mottershead said : Guest Report Feb 15, 2021 at 7:45 PM

Dear Danna & Family We were saddened to hear of Richard’s passing. Our prayers are with all of you. May he Rest In Peace and may you all be comforted by your beautiful memories. Pat and Jim Mottershead

  • Collinsville
  • IL
Cheryl Wittenauer said : Guest Report Feb 15, 2021 at 1:45 PM

Dear Danna and cousins, I’m so sorry for your great loss. I, like my sister, Peggy, haven’t seen Richard in many years, but I recall him as a good and loving man. Richard was in the ‘1940s class of Wittenauer cousins’ with our brothers Ron, Jerry and Denny. They shared good memories of their cuz. I just realized that Uncle Raymond and Aunt Angie gave their son the middle name of our late grandfather Edward Wittenauer, as fine and kind a man as there ever was. Beautifully appropriate. Rest In Peace, Richard, and May those who loved you most be comforted by their memories of you. Cheryl Wittenauer

  • St. Louis
  • MO
jean and ron speiser said : Guest Report Feb 14, 2021 at 11:51 AM

dear danna so sorry to hear of richards passing our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family. may he rest in peace.

  • freeburg
  • illinois
Marlene Herrmann said : Guest Report Feb 14, 2021 at 11:12 AM

So sorry to hear of your husbands passing. May he Rest In Peace.?

  • Millstadt
  • Illinois
Margaret (Peggy)WittenauerLee said : Guest Report Feb 12, 2021 at 5:38 PM

Dearest Danna and cousins, I am sorry to hear of Richards’s passing. My heart goes out to you all, especially to you Danna after losing your best friend of 54 years of marriage. Although it has been almost 4 decades, since I had seen Richard , I will always remember the kindness that Danna and Richard showed to my parents , Ed and Pearl Wittenauer , who were Richard’s godparents. May he rest in God’s peace for a life well lived.

  • Portland
  • OR

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