Eugene Albert Wittig
Eugene Albert Wittig
Eugene Albert Wittig, 87, of Greenwood, passed away Dec. 3, 2013, at Greenwood Village South Pavilion.
He was born to Frederick and Grace Wittig on Feb. 23, 1926, in Mansfield, Wash. He grew up on a large wheat ranch several miles from town with two older brothers and two older sisters.
After high school, Gene attended Seattle Pacific University, studying biblical literature, when he heard the call of his Savior upon his life to serve in missions. In August 1948, he began his missionary service.
During language school in
Medellin, Colombia, Gene met and fell in love with Marjorie Wood on her way to be a missionary nurse in Guatemala. They married in April 1949 and joined Oriental Missionary Society, now One Mission Society. Together they had six children and served in Colombia, Ecuador and stateside for 43 years.
Gene was responsible for building a river launch in the rural part of Colombia and was the founder and director of the Cristaliina vocational Bible institute and farm. Hundreds of Colombian students and the lives of Colombian families were impacted for Jesus Christ by Gene’s life of obedience.
Gene moved his family to Guayaquil, Ecuador, in 1969 after he was appointed the Ecuador field leader for the mission. The family lived there less than a year when he was elected vice president of field ministries for OMS, traveling for the mission worldwide. He moved his family to Greenwood in February 1970 to fulfill that obligation continuing to travel the world. For six years, Gene was vice president of administration at the OMS world headquarters. In August 1987, Gene and Marj returned to Colombia until his retirement in 1991.
Upon his retirement from OMS, Gene was employed for a number of years by the Marion County court system as a Hispanic translator. When not translating for court sessions, Gene was witnessing for his Savior in the Hispanic community in Marion and neighboring counties.
Eugene is survived by his six children, Deborah Wittig of Malang, Indonesia, Jon Wittig (Marti) of Greenwood, Mark Wittig (Eliza) of Medellin, Colombia, Sandra McKaig (Bob), of Logansport, Peter Wittig (Pam) of Columbia, S.C., and Karen Kemp of Fort Mills, S.C.; 16 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Dave Graffenberger and Bob Erny will conduct a worship service celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ and Eugene’s life at 11 a.m. Saturday at Southport Presbyterian Church, 7525 McFarland Blvd., Indianapolis. The family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. until service time Saturday at the church. The burial was Dec. 7 at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Greenwood.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be sent to Mark Wittig’s Colombia Sports Ministry, project #460830, One Mission Society, P.O. Box 1648, Monument, CO 80132-1648.
Swartz Family Church and Chapel-Funeral and Cremation Services on Greenwood is handling arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.swartz