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Donald F. "Gus" Witt - 90

3/9/1927 - 10/26/2017

Clinton, Iowa

Donald F. “Gus” Witt age 90 of Clinton, passed away Thursday Oct. 26, 2017 at The Alverno Health Care Facility in Clinton. Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Wednesday Nov. 1st at the Pape Funeral Home. Visitation will be held Wednesday 10:00 AM until the service hour at the funeral home. Burial will be at Clinton Lawn Cemetery. Online condolences may be left at Gus was born on March 9, 1927 in Clinton, the son of Fred and Clara (Huebner) Witt. He graduated from Clinton High School in 1945. He served in the US Army from 1950-1952. At the age of 14, he tried out for the New York Yankees. He played minor league baseball in the US and Japan prior to playing with the Chicago Cubs from 1948-1949. He married Mildred Marken on July 6, 1974 in Clinton; she died in 2010. He worked as Mason Bricklayer for Local Union #26 in Clinton, where he retired. He was an avid Chicago Cubs fan. Gus taught ice skating to kids and helped coach baseball for the Camanche Indians. Gus is survived by his daughter, Connie Paasch of West Des Moines, IA; three grandchildren, Dawn, whom Gus raised as his daughter, Lisa, and J.J.; four great grandchildren, Brady, Shawna, Shayna, and Zane; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife-Mildred, his son-Ron, a sister-Mitzie, and a brother-Jack.


Visitation will be held Wednesday 10:00 AM until the service hour at the funeral home.


Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Wednesday Nov. 1st at the Pape Funeral Home. Burial will be at Clinton Lawn Cemetery.


  • Clark Rutledge

    on 10/28/17

    May you rest in paradise my old friend
  • Scott Voda

    on 10/28/17

    Gus, thank you for your friendship, and the time you spent coaching me. I will miss talking all things baseball, but especially about our time at 'The Mount'. You always had an infectious personality, and was singing "Mama didn't make little green apples". You will be very missed.
  • Cindy McDermott

    on 10/28/17

    RIP Gus! So many of us at Mercy came to know Gus at lunchtime in the cafeteria. He would serenade us with songs and we learned many facts from talking with him. It always ended with a smile for Gus and us! I'm sure you've already made it to "Cubs Heaven"! Enjoy...we'll miss you!
  • Tracy (Holdgrafer) Jones

    on 10/29/17

    My mom and I used to ice skate all the time. He knew my grandparents as well. Such a friendly man. Rest in peace.
  • Michelle Dunmore

    on 10/29/17

    My dad,Jack Dunmore, and Gus were best friends since childhood. They were both passionate about teaching kids to play and love baseball. We consider Gus part of our family. He was such a huge part of my childhood. I love ya Gussie! Now you and Dad have front row seats to every Cub game! Love, Mickey.
  • John Rowland Jr.

    on 10/29/17

    Prayers to the family at this sad time of loss. I will always remember his infectious smile growing up on Willany Drive. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him and learned to ice skate and loved baseball because of his lessons. I'm glad to have known him and am sure he was glad to see the Cubs win a World series during his lifetime. God bless you Gus!
  • Dick and Betty Happel

    on 10/30/17

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  • Dick and Betty Happel

    on 10/30/17

    We are so sorry for your loss. What a happy and fun person, Gus was. And he always had a song for you. Our sympathy and prayers.
  • Helen Gonzales

    on 10/30/17

    Ditto what Michelle said. Gus was my dad's (Jack Dunmore)best friend, best man in his wedding and a huge part of our growing up. He bought us ice cream at all the ball ganes, taught us to ice skate, came to my parents house for parties and was always funny, kind and had great stories. He was a huge part of the Clinton community and will be so missed.

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