Thomas Witsman

March 24, 1944 ~ October 1, 2010

Thomas L. Witsman, 66, of Lake Charles died at 5:15 AM on Friday, October 1, 2010 in a local hospital.

Mr. Witsman was born in Burns City, IN on March 24, 1944 and lived his adult life in Lake Charles. He loved sports and was a die-hard LSU and Green Bay Packers fan.

He enjoyed camping and adored his grandchildren. He was a wonderful father and good friend to many people, young and old.

Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Betty Witsman of Lake Charles; four children, Brent and Dustin and wife Ashley Witsman all of Lake Charles; Chris Scalisi of Iowa, and Tara Proffitt and husband Chad of Moss Bluff; and seven grandchildren, Mackie Witsman, Ty Thomas Witsman, Lindsey Morgan, Landon Trey Witsman, Dreyke Solano, Zowye Solano, and Nadjia Proffitt.

He was preceded in death by a son, Trey Witsman; and his parents, Roy and Opha Witsman.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, October 5, 2010 at Living Way Pentecostal Church. The Rev. Glenn Massey will officiate. Visitation will be from 9:00 AM until time of services in the church. Arrangements were entrusted to Johnson Funeral Home.

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  1. Betty and Family:My heart is full of tears, not for Tom because he earned his rest, but for the rest of us left on this earth without him. He was my friend for 47 years and I loved him dearly. He was kind, sweet and an overall wonderful spirit. My life is the richer for having had him in it. My love and my prayers to you all. I am deeply honored to have called him friend. God bless!

  2. I am praying for the entire family because Tom no longer needs our prayers. He has gone on to a better place and I know Trey and all of his brothers, sisters, and family that proceeded him in death were there to usher him into the gates of Heaven :)Tom was a rare man that had many loyal friends that transcended age, my son Brian being one of them. I was so glad to get to visit him and Brent and his precious grandbaby at Brian's house shortly before he died….sharing his joy of the LSU game.He was such a loving husband and father and grandfather. His joy at spending the day with Brent his family radiated in his face that day. I am so happy that Brian gave his ulogy…he has so many fun memories of Tom their friendship.

  3. Our thoughts and prayers are with you the family in this difficult time of loss. We pray that God wraps His loving arms around each of you and gives you strength to handle this loss. The Barlow's

  4. Tom was my dad for 24 years. He was there everyday in good times and bad. I cried to him just about three weeks ago and told him please do not give up. I love you. I begged him to please not make me feel the pain he felt when Trey passed. I told him you are the only dad I have, my own father wants nothing to do with me PLEASE Tom don't give up.I need you in my life and my kids need their pawpaw. He tstarted to cry and said Bertha I love you too. I now see that I was just being selfish. I'll miss you and I do love you Tom!

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