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Harlan George Henry Witte

February 5, 1934 — February 10, 2022

North English- Harlan George Henry Witte was born February 5, 1934 in Williamsburg, Iowa, the son of Martin Fredrick & Ida Marie (Sandersfeld) Witte. He graduated from Williamsburg High School in 1952. He served in the US Army from 1954-1956. On December 29, 1955 Harlan was united in marriage to Shirley Ruth Heitman in Williamsburg. He grew up in the Williamsburg community and lived in Cedar Rapids until 1988 when he and Shirley moved to rural North English. Harlan was an accountant and vice president for Colonial Baking Co., for 38 years. Harlan was a past member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids, Trinity Lutheran Church in Millersburg and a current member of St. James Lutheran in Victor. He held many offices over the years at Bethany and Trinity. He enjoyed gardening, being a bee keeper and taking care of his horses. Harlan passed away on Thursday, February 10, 2022 at his home near North English, at the age of 88 years.

He is survived by his wife Shirley of North English; two sons Mark (Cindy) Witte & Paul (Kim) Witte; four grandchildren Drew (Lynn) Witte, Megan (Matthew) Jansen, Katie (Martin) Golobic and Lauren (Andy) Dorman; twelve great grandchildren; and two sisters Janet Maschmann and Joann Strang. He was preceded by his parents; a brother Donald Witte and two brothers-in-law Ed Maschmann and Terry Strang.

Celebration of Life Service will be held 10:00 am on Monday, February 14, 2022 at St. James Lutheran Church in Victor. Burial will be 1:00 pm on Monday in the Genoa Bluff Cemetery, near Ladora. Visitation will be on Sunday, from 1:00 - 3:00 pm at the Powell Funeral Home in North English. Memorials may be given to Essence of Life Hospice or St. James Lutheran Church in Victor. Messages and tributes may be left at

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Sunday, February 13, 2022

1:00 - 3:00 pm

Powell Funeral Home - North English

116 W Broad St, North English, IA 52316

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Monday, February 14, 2022

Starts at 10:00 am

St. James Lutheran Church

502 Washington St, Victor, IA 52347

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