William J. Gittins, early
resident of the Griswold vicinity, died Sunday morning at 10:40
at the Potter nursing home in Anita. He had been in his usual
health until taken ill two weeks ago.
Mr. Gittins was born in Monroe
county Aug. 25, 1870, the son of William and Isabella Gittins
and came to Cass county as a child, when the family settled on a
farm four miles south of Griswold. He was married to Della E.
Shifflett Aug. 28, 1895 and they resided in the Griswold
vicinity until her death April 7, 1933. Since then he had made
his home with his son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Harlan
Gittins of Anita.
Surviving besides the son are
two sisters, Mrs. Margaret Linn of Atlantic and Mrs. Hannah
Lamborn of Wiota; three grandchildren and five great grandsons.
A son, Theron, died March 31, 1939 and he was preceded in death
by two brothers, Thomas and John Gittins and two sisters, Mrs.
George Senholz and Mrs. L.H. Pine.
Funeral services will be held
at the Roland funeral home Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'oclock, the
Rev. R.K. Derry of the Anita Congregational church officiating.
The remains will be at the funeral home until the service hour
and interment will be in the Lowman cemetery southeast of
Funeral services for William
J. Gittins were held at the Roland funeral home this afternoon
at 2 o'clock, the Rev. H.K. Derry of Anita Congregational church
officiating. Sidney Larsen, accompanied by Mrs. Lamar Gardner,
sang "Under His Wings" and "Old Rugged
Cross." Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Maththews and Simon Smith were
in charge of flowers.
Serving as casket bearers were
Guy Smith, Leslie Dorsey, Andrew Jepsen, Roscoe Koob, Carl
Holland and Lamar Gardner. Interment was in Lowman cemetery.