Claude G. Witt, 77

Claude G. Witt, age 77, of Prior Lake, formerly of Belle Plaine, died suddenly on Thursday December 5, 2019 at his home in Prior Lake.  Claude was born on June 17, 1942 in New Prague, Minnesota to Cletus C. and Bertha A. (Busch) Witt.  He graduated from New Prague High School and became a Pipe Bender for Chart Industries (formerly Minnesota Valley Engineering) in New Prague.  During his working life he also worked as a truck driver for Cliff Viesmann Trucking of New Prague, and was the Ice Cream Man, driving his ice cream truck and serving the area communities.  In addition, he served as an amateur auto mechanic and general repairman.  He raised his family with his former wife, JoAnn, in Belle Plaine, where he was a member of the Knights of Columbus.  He enjoyed building and collecting model trains, fishing, bird watching, and squirrel hunting.,

 Claude is survived by his former wife JoAnn (Bob) Witt-Smishek of Shakopee; children Brian (Rita) Witt of Ramsey, Cheryl (Brad) Nelson of Shakopee, Troy (Tracy) Witt of Belle Plaine, Jan (Tim) Ruhland of New Prague, Gene (Kari) Witt of New Prague, Patrick (Amy) Witt of New Prague; Julie (Mark) McCorkel of Hudson, WI; siblings Jeanette Becker of Arizona, Ken (Lana) Witt of New Prague, Kathleen (Eric) Perry of Omaha, NE, Bev Witt (& Gregg Haskel) of Montrose, CO, Mary (Paul) Martin of Montrose, CO; sister-in-law Darlene Witt of New Prague; 18 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.He is preceded in death by his parents; brother Jack Witt, and brother-in-law Ambrose Becker.

 Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday December 9 2019 at 11:00 AM at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church with Father Eugene Theisen officiating.  Visitation will take place at Bruzek Funeral Home on Sunday from 4 – 8 PM and on Monday morning from 7:30 – 10:30 AM.  Burial will occur at a later date at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Union Hill, Minnesota.



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