James Warner Witmer (Leadville)

Born: Thu., Apr. 29, 1943
Died: Sat., Apr. 6, 2019


Celebration of Life

1:00 PM Sat., Apr. 13, 2019
Location: Leadville Elks Lodge #236


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James (Jim) Warner Witmer, 75, of Leadville, passed away peacefully at his home on April 6, 2019 surrounded by family.

Jim was born in Hanover, PA to Vernon and Vivian Witmer on April 29, 1943. He was raised in Camp Hill, PA and loved rocks, minerals and animals. He graduated from the Rolla School of Mines in Rolla, Missouri in 1967. Jim came to Leadville where he met his wife, Irene Brandt. They were married on August 28, 1965. Jim started working at the Climax Molybdenum Mine in 1967 and became chief mining engineer. One of his greatest accomplishments was the tunnel “Hole Through” project at the Henderson mine. In 1974, Jim, his wife Irene, and their business partner Gus Seppi, opened The Rock Hut. Gus Seppi passed away in October of 1988. After Jim retired from Climax in 1990, he and his wife put a lot of their energy into the rock shop, and it is still thriving forty-five years later. Jim was also a Ski Cooper board member and a Parkville Water board member for many years.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Irene; two children Dan (Sue) Witmer, Beth (Dean) Miller; grandchildren Britney (Jason), Shea, Jake and Brooke; and great-grandchildren Torin and Teagan.

A celebration of life will be held at the Leadville Elks Lodge on Saturday, April 13 at 1pm.

Donations can be made in Jim’s honor to the Leadville VFW (749 Highway 91 Lot 62, Leadville, CO 80461), the Leadville Legacy Foundation (PO Box 1, Leadville, CO 80461), Helping Hands (PO Box 8, Leadville, CO 80461), or any charity of your choice.

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Jo May and Larry Everett
   Posted Tue April 09, 2019
Our condolences to Irene and family. Jim was a great friend and a great last boss at Climax. I had a lot of laughs with the "Jim's".

Olivier Lut and Sid Campé - Ryckaert
   Posted Fri April 12, 2019
Dear Irene and family,
We are so very sorry for your loss.
We have been privileged tot have known Jim, even this short period of time, and are grateful for that.
Irene, our door is always open for you ! Much strength.

Linda Caputo
   Posted Sat April 13, 2019
Irene, I remember when you and Jim first fell in love. I was honored to be a part of your wedding. Your commitment to each other for all of these years displays what marriage is meant to be. You are stronger than you know. Just take this one day at a time. Sending my love to you and your family.

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