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Laurens Witt

Laurens K. Witt

Thursday, August 16th, 1934 - Saturday, July 13th, 2019
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Laurens Witt was called home on Saturday, July 13, 2019.

Eighty-four years ago, Laurens Witt was born to Casper and Elizabeth Witt. Sixty-three years ago, Laurens married Marilyn Heersink. They made their home in the community of Waverly, 8 miles southwest of Alamosa, Colorado. During their marriage, they became parents of four children.

Laurens started working as a painter with his father, Casper Witt. A few years later, he took the trade as his own. His meticulous eye for detail and hard work eventually made his name well-known in Alamosa, as well as, the SLV. Along with house painting, he also did wallpapering and other odd jobs for his customers. He enjoyed sketching, oil painting, gardening, and wood-working as hobbies. Animals and nature always had a place in his heart.

He was a member of the Alamosa Christian Reformed Church, south of Alamosa, in the country community of Waverly. In his younger years, he was a Sunday School teacher, elder in the Council, a part of singing group. He was also a leader for the youth group and Cadets.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn, and children – Lauralyn Marshall of Illinois, Mark Witt of Missouri, Kenton (Melanie) Witt of Iowa, and Lynnette (Brett) Marino of Alamosa. He was the grandfather of four, three grandsons and one granddaughter. As well as his brother and wife of Ripon, CA (Paul and Phyllis Witt) and brother-in-law of Ripon, CA (Clarence Schuiling).

He is preceded in death by his parents (Casper and Elizabeth Witt of Alamosa, CO), sister (Julie Schuiling of Ripon, CA), sister-in-law (Jessie Witt of Ripon, CA), and son-in-law (Al Marshall of Earlville, IL).

A graveside service will be held at 10:00 am on Thursday July 25, 2019 at the Alamosa Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Rogers Family Mortuary in Alamosa on Wednesday July 24, 2019. Contributions are suggested to Hospice Del Valle or to the Christian Community Service Projects through the Alamosa Christian Reform Church and may be made on care of the funeral home office.

Rogers Family Mortuary in Alamosa is in care of the arrangements.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, July 24th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, July 24th, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Rogers Family Mortuary Alamosa
    Address
    205 State Ave
    Alamosa, Colorado 81101
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  • Service

    Thursday, July 25th, 2019 | 10:00am
    When
    Thursday, July 25th, 2019 10:00am
    Location
    Alamosa Cemetery
    Address
    2150 State Ave.
    Alamosa, Colorado 81101
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    Officiant
    Pastor Philip VanderWindt
  • Interment

    Thursday, July 25th, 2019 | 10:00am
    When
    Thursday, July 25th, 2019 10:00am
    Location
    City of Alamosa Cemetery
    Address
    2150 State Avenue
    Alamosa, CO 81101
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Bill Heersink

Posted at 04:55pm
As we draw on our early memories of Laurens’ life, the word “LIGHT”—or some form of it—keeps coming to mind.

I (Bill) was honored to be a candleLIGHTer the night Laurens married my sister Marilyn. It felt good to have him become a part of our family. Growing up with my siblings all sisters, I was pleased to have a new brother-in-law and Laurens seemed a good fit.

I (Claire) was deLIGHTed by the attention I would get as a child from Laurens. He was a fun older cousin at our Hof family thanksgiving dinners. He would hoist me up and carry me on his shoulders down the halls at the Waverly community building where we got together every Thanksgiving Day. I also recall the first time his girlfriend, Marilyn, came with him.

We both recall how Laurens’ chalk drawings were highLIGHTS at various church events. On a blank sheet he would start sketching with various colors, then smearing them together here and there, until an appealing scene would appear. To accent the meaning he would have background music. For example, as we saw Jesus cross on Calvary emerge, we might hear “When I Survey The Wondrous Cross.” And as he finished, Laurens would be sure the beams of his lamp LIGHTS were focused to bring out the full luster.

We also remember how his sense of humor could LIGHTen up a conversation. He could laugh and get us to laugh with him.

In more recent years, I (Bill) was often impressed with how many San Luis Valley people Laurens either knew of knew about. It seemed that he could enLIGHTen me about almost anyone I could remember from growing up here.

Memories of conversations from this past year will always be special. Along with all the discomforts from disease, Laurens spoke openly about facing the questions of medication, prayer, and resignation. We trust that he—and also his whole family—are experiencing “the grace given us in Christ Jesus… who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to LIGHT through the gospel” (II Timothy 1:10).

Bill and Claire Heersink
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Harriet and Bob DeFreece

Posted at 06:34am
Our sincere sympathy to Marilyn and the family of Laurens. He was a quiet and inspirational gentleman. He will be
missed! Bob and Harriet DeFreece.
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