Dennis Witmer

Dennis Lamar Witmer, 62, of Newville, Pa., died Sept. 19, 2021. He was born Nov. 23, 1958, to John E. and Evelyn I. Witmer in Lancaster County. 


He was a beloved husband, father, son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, friend, community leader and co-worker who made the world a better place. He was a gentle, kind man of faith with a beautiful smile, a twinkle in his eyes and a sense of humor. His faith and core values of God’s love, grace and mercy were reflected in his daily life and interactions. His generous spirit and embodiment of stewardship led him to have a global network of friends. He has left behind a giant hole in the lives of those who knew him, in the community and in the world, and he will never be forgotten. 

He loved life and his family. He enjoyed playing softball and watching baseball and basketball. A graduate of Rosedale Bible College, Hesston College, Bethel College and Lancaster Theological Seminary, he was a lifelong learner who loved reading and history. 

In all areas of his life, he was a minister. He and his wife, Lori, spent a total of 11 years working with the Mennonite church in Guatemala and Honduras through Eastern Mennonite Missions. He continued his ministry in Newville as a pastor at Diller Mennonite Church and more recently as a custodian at Mount Rock Elementary. He delighted in his cats, goats, chickens and cows and helping with work on the family farm. He was a member of First United Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include his parents, John E. and Evelyn I. Witmer; his wife, Lori (Leatherman) Witmer; his daughters, Carmen Witmer and Elizabeth Witmer, and son-in-law Brandon Boust; his sisters, Sheryl Benzinger, Deb Sell and Judy Horst; his father-in-law and mother-in-law; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in law; four nieces, eight nephews and a great-niece; and his cat, Francis.

He was preceded in death by a nephew, Christopher Sell; and a great-nephew, Owen Horst.

A celebration of life will be planned at a later date, due to public health concerns. Donations may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

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