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In Memory of

Herbert Randolph Wittliff

April 20, 1950 - June 26, 2015

Obituary


Herbert "Herb" Randolph Wittliff, 65, of Port Lavaca, died Friday, June 26, 2015, just weeks after being diagnosed with two aggressive cancers. Born on April 20, 1950 in Corpus Christi to the late Herbert A.R. Wittliff and Edna Annie Huebner Wittliff, Herbert was a loving and kind son, brother, uncle and friend to many. He was a member of Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church where he was a lector, a member of the Knights of Columbus and a choir member and taught catechism. He especially enjoyed a trip to the Holy Land with...

Herbert "Herb" Randolph Wittliff, 65, of Port Lavaca, died Friday, June 26, 2015, just weeks after being diagnosed with two aggressive cancers. Born on April 20, 1950 in Corpus Christi to the late Herbert A.R. Wittliff and Edna Annie Huebner Wittliff, Herbert was a loving and kind son, brother, uncle and friend to many. He was a member of Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church where he was a lector, a member of the Knights of Columbus and a choir member and taught catechism. He especially enjoyed a trip to the Holy Land with fellow parishioners. He was honored to have received communion from Pope John Paul II during his San Antonio visit.
Herbert grew up on the family farm near Austwell, Texas and attended schools in Austwell and Tivoli. Graduating from Texas A&M University in 1972, with a degree in agricultural engineering, Herbert was a member of the Corps of Cadets. He was commissioned a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Army. In 1986 he was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army Reserve as a Captain. He began his career with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Port Arthur. While stationed in Port Arthur, Herbert rescued three men from drowning in a canal following a car accident. For this heroic act, Herbert received the American Legion Award.
Recently Herbert was recognized for his 35 years as manager of the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority (GBRA), Port Lavaca Division. The "GBRA Family" was important to Herbert and he loved them as well as his work.
The mechanics of things always interested Herbert and he loved taking apart motors, machinery, and even tractors and old cars and refurbishing them.
He was involved in numerous community organizations. Especially important to Herbert was the United Way Appeal serving as President, Secretary and other positions. He supported youth in the Calhoun County Fair and in judging science fairs. He also served on the Coastal Marine Advisory Committee and Calhoun County LEPC. Many agricultural events interested him such as field tours and farm shows.
Herbert is survived by his sisters, Paulette Wittliff Icard (James D.) of North Carolina, Phyllis Wittliff Whiteaker of San Antonio, and Rebecca Wittliff of Austwell, and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 6 PM, followed by a eulogy and a rosary at 7 PM led by Deacon Thomas Tucker, Aggie classmate, at Richardson-Colonial Funeral Home in Port Lavaca.
Funeral Mass will be at 10 AM on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church in Port Lavaca with Reverend Tommy Chen officiating. Burial will follow at 2:30 PM with military honors at the family plot in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Yorktown. Deacon Tucker will officiate.
Pallbearers are Clifford Giese, Dr. Dan Gamblin, Paul Guzman, Darrin Kelso, Joe Canales, Mike Shell, and the Women and Men of GBRA.
Honorary Pallbearers are Deacon Thomas Tucker, John Smajstrla, Bryan Serold, and Fred Blumberg.
Memorials may be made to United Way, Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church, or Calhoun County Fair Youth Builders Program.