Gerald Jerry Wittmer Gerald Jerry Wittmer, 77, Topeka, passed away Tuesday, May 3, 2016. Jerry was born July 11, 1938, in Sabetha KS, the son of OJ Bud and Frances Barndt Wittmer. He graduated from Sabetha High School in 1956 and was planning to attend their 60th reunion Memorial Day weekend. He attended Washburn University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business. He served our country in the Army National Guard. Jerry married Sandra Bromich and they had two children. They later divorced. Jerry was a member, social chairman and past president of Phi Delta Theta, a Washburn University yell leader and a member of Topeka Jaycees, 20-30 Club, Toastmasters, the Shrine, Shawnee Country Club, Topeka Country Club and Alcoholics Anonymous. He was a member of Topeka Beautification Association and won first place one year in the yard beautification contest. Jerry attended Fellowship Bible Church. Jerry had many business interests, including having an office in Costa Rica. He began his business career with Aetna Insurance Company and Dave Neiswanger Real Estate before he started his own insurance agency. He was part of Wittmer Farm Realty before he started Wittmer and Associates and Midwest Management. Jerry was a wonderful dancer, serving several times as a dance host on cruise ships. He enjoyed participating in ballroom dance competitions, traveling and competing in over 25 marathons, including the Boston Marathon, multiple times. He purchased the Metrot Castle on Huntoon and enjoyed renovating it and the grounds for his office. Each October, for several years, he held Halloween Festivals and gave tours of the castle. Survivors include Jerry s son, Wade Wittmer, Topeka; his daughter, Wendy Cain (Rich), Cypress TX; grandchildren, Adam and Sara Cain; sisters, Janis VanderLaan (Dave Dutch ), Tempe AZ, and Peg Wittmer, Topeka; and sister-in-law, Barbara Wittmer, Topeka. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Doug Wittmer. Family will greet friends from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 11th, at Fellowship Bible Church, 6800 SW 10th Street, where Jerry's Celebration of Life will begin at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Valley Hope, for patient scholarships and Topeka Beautification Association sent in care of Kevin Brennan Family Funeral Home, 2801 SW Urish Road, Topeka KS 66614. Condolences may be sent online to www.kevinbrennanfamily.com.
The following is an article that I wrote in 2007 about Jerry Wittmer for The Topeka Capital-Journal: