R. M. Whitter, ex-POW
Dies In Orleans Crash
Ray M. Witter, Oaks
Corners, 28-year-old veteran of World War II and former Nazi prisoner, died
at 7:10 a.m. today at Clifton Springs Sanitarium, 10 and one-half hours
after his car left Warner Hill Rd. at Orleans and crashed over a 10-foot
Dr. Charles J. Bobeek, Ontario County coroner, said Witte died of
crushing chest injuries and a fractured jaw. He was the father of
Deputy Sheriff James Furnal said White apparently lost control of
his car as he drove down the hill about 8:15 p.m. Wednesday.
His death was the 17th traffic fatality in Ontario county this
year, as compared to 19 for the same period in 1952.
Witter, a paratrooper during the war, served with Headquarters
Company, 508th Parachute Company [sic], in the European Theatre of War.
He entered service Nov., 2, 1943 and was discharged with the rank
of corporal, Aug 13, 1945.
Witter was with the Allied Airborne Army's drive preparatory to the
invasion of Germany when he was wounded in the right arm Sept. 20 1944 in
Holland. He was taken prisoner by the Nazi the next day and remained
their captive nine months.
Among decorations and citations given Witter were: Middle Eastern
Service Ribbon with one bronze star, Combat Infantryman Badge, Purple Heart,
American Theatre ribbon, World War II Victory ribbon, Good Conduct
Medal and overseas bar.
Witter was born Aug 8, 1925 in Canandaigua [NY]. He was a
member of the Methodist Church Canandaigua. He was head meat cutter at
Loblaws in Newark.
Funeral will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Kennedy Funeral
Chapel, Bristol St, The Rev. Ellroy B. VanDyke, pastor of the Methodist
Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. A
Military service will be conducted by the American Legion.
Friends may call from 3 to 9 p.m. tomorrow and from 2 to 5 and 7 to
9 p.m. Saturday.
survivors are his wife, Mary Cullick Witter, Oaks Corners; three
daughters, Michaelle, Marcia Ann and Lynn Marie Witter, all at home; his
mother, Mildred I. Squire, S. Main St; his father, Ray e. Witter, Jefferson
Ave.; a brother, Richard L., Witter, Canandaigua; two sisters, Mrs. Francis
Yerkes, Canandaigua, and Mrs. Roy Ross, Rochester; several nieces and
[courtesy of Paul Sutton Kamalsky]
Grave marker for Ray M. Witter in Woodlawn Cemetery,
Canandaigua (Ontario county), New York,
in the Army at Rochester, NY on 12 October 1943. Following basic
training and jump school, Pvt Witter was sent to the 11th Replacement Depot
On 10 August 1944, Pvt Witter was transferred to the
Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 508th in Nottingham.
Pvt Witter jumped into the area of Nijmegen, Holland on 17
September 1944 and was wounded in action three days later. He was
captured and held as a prisoner of war until he was liberated from Stalag 9C
Bad Sulza Saxe-Weimar 51-11, perhaps as late as 12 June 1945.