Wilbur Mittag, 1922-2016

Published 10:56 am Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Wilbur Ervin Mittag, 94, of Austin passed away on Friday, June 17, 2016, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Home after a short illness.

Wilbur was born June 13, 1922, in Freeborn County to Walter and Olga (Lau) Mittag. Walter died prior to Wilbur’s birth. His mother married Robert Broitzman when Wilbur was 2 years old and he became Robert’s stepson. Wilbur attended country school through eighth grade. On Dec. 28, 1943, he married Evelyn Yaste at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Myrtle. They started their lives together on a farm near Myrtle where their first son was born. Seven years later they bought a farm near Lyle, where they lived for 22 years and where their daughter and a second son were born. Austin had been home for the last 42 years.

Wilbur Mittag

Wilbur Mittag

Wilbur was a skilled carpenter and a creative handyman and tinkerer. He especially enjoyed keeping a beautiful lawn and sharing his woodworking talents with friends and family.

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Wilbur was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, where he served as an usher and contributed his woodworking talent in several areas of the church. He enjoyed volunteering at Mayo Medical Center and the American Red Cross blood bank where he was a faithful donor.

Survivors include children Bob (Cindy) Mittag of Beavercreek, Ohio, Becky (Ronnie) Pitzen of Stacyville, Iowa, and Rod (Sarah) Mittag of San Francisco; grandchildren Jennifer Wilcox, Laura (Brandon) Smith, Brian (Jessica) Pitzen, Michael (Katie) Pitzen, Kevin (Mandy) Pitzen, Eric (Jamie) Pitzen and Cooper and Maisie Mittag; nine great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents; stepfather; wife, Evelyn; two brothers, Luverne and Gaylen; and sister, Luetta Wolff.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Austin. The Rev. Karen Behling will officiate. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary and for one hour prior to the service at the church.