Feb. 20, 2002 - The
William R. DeWitt, 73, of Owenton, a teacher and administrator in the Owen County School System, died Monday at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington.
Mr. DeWitt served as administrator, director of pupil personnel and assistant superintendent for Owen County schools. He also was principal and basketball coach at Bethany School in Owen County.
He operated DeWitt's Car Wash in Owenton for six years and retired in 1981.
''Learning and teaching were important parts of our lives,'' said Mr. DeWitt's wife of 45 years, Joann Carr DeWitt, who taught school 40 years. ''We were really into education.''
Mr. DeWitt served in the Air Force in Panama and in the Army in the Korean War.
''The Korean Conflict made quite an impression on him and he studied history at Georgetown College on the GI bill after the war,'' said Mrs. DeWitt.
Mr. DeWitt was in a topographic unit in Korea, where he learned how to make maps. As a teacher, he continued making maps for his students.
''He was very creative and liked making things,'' said Mrs. DeWitt. ''He enjoyed woodworking and also was an artist. He designed the family crest.''
Other survivors include a son, David Sterling DeWitt of Danville; a daughter, Debra Parrish of Lawrenceburg; brothers, Harry DeWitt of Louisville and Robert DeWitt of Elizabethtown; and four grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at McDonald Funeral Home, Main Street, Owenton. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Burial will be in Ezel Cemetery, West Liberty. Memorials are suggested to the charity of the donor's choice.