He was born May 17, 1921, in Tompkinsville, Ky., the son of Benton Witty and Minnie Miller Witty.
As a young boy, his family moved to the Bridgeton area and had a family farm. He worked on the farm before serving in the Army in 1945. He was married to Lillian Anna Tiefel Witty for over 54 years. She preceded him in death in 1996.
In his lifetime, Dayton worked several different careers including work at Champagne Velvet Brewery, Home Packing, Ethyl-Visqueen and the State Hwy. Department. He last worked at the Putnamville Correctional Facility as a prison guard, retiring in 1985.
He enjoyed working in the vegetable garden, flowers, hunting and fishing. He was a man who loved his God, his family and was a devoted grandpa.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Lillian, three brothers Oval Witty, Otis Witty and Jack Witty, one sister Jewel, and stepson Arlan Lemen.
On Oct. 17, 1998, he married Dorothy Handick Lemen Witty. They both felt blessed to have had this union and Dorothy survives.
Other survivors include children, Karen Kibbe (Ron), Paula Church (Dennis), Larry Witty (Leah), and Susan Kay Deakins (Jack), all of Brazil, stepchildren Don Lemen and Marcia Lemen, seven grandchildren Nancy Applegate (Tim), Tim Kibbe (Michelle), Debbie Hill (Matt), Rev. Paul Church (Victoria), Joe Witty (Autumn), Alan Deakins (Onica), Chris Deakins (Mandy), 15 great-grandchildren Abbey, Alex, T.J., Ethan, Erin, Gina, Madison, Dayton, Landon, Morgan, Claire, Lauren, Tiffany, Bailey, Nathan, three stepgrandchildren, Bryan Wade, Brandon Wade, Leland Lemen, one great-granddaughter, Airella, one brother James Witty (Charlotti), one sister Joyce Kramer (Hank), several nieces and nephews and other extended family.
Services will be held Saturday, at noon, at French Funeral Home with Pastor Tim Minks officiating. Burial will follow at Clearview Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, from 4-8 p.m., and again Saturday prior to services. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Life Center, 3000 College Ave. Terre Haute, Ind. 47802.
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