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Michael Witcraft


November 1, 2017

Sept. 18, 1943 – Oct. 27, 2017

Michael Wayne Witcraft, 74, of Sweet Home died Oct. 27, 2017.

He was born Sept. 18, 1943 in Sweet Home to John F. and Ruth (Gerard) Witcraft.

He was raised in Sweet Home, where he attended Sweet Home schools. He enlisted in the United States Marines November of 1960 and was honorably discharged in November of 1964.

Mr. Witcraft earned an associate of arts degree at Linn Benton Community College. He then lived in Chiloquin, where he worked with his brother John in the woods.

He later moved to Southern California, where he chauffeured his uncle all over the United States. Eventually, he returned to Sweet Home where he met Erma Jean Arnold. They married on Nov. 27, 1986.

Mr. Witcraft tried his hand at operating a bailing business and later he and his wife started an adult foster care home.

He enjoyed reading and watching old westerns. He even wrote some short stories of his own. He was very fond of his nieces and nephews. More recently, he enjoyed shooting pool at the senior center.

Mr. Witcraft is survived by his wife, Erma Jean of Sweet Home; step-children Darla Acaco of Bakersfield, Calif., Tony Young of Wright City, Okla. and Darrel Barrigan of Sweet Home; sisters Ellen and brother-in-law Dennis Hankins, and Becky Blank, all of Sweet Home; sister-in-law Dorothy Witcraft of Klamath Falls; brother-in-law Charles Carter of Springfield; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers John and Patrick; sisters Nadine Carter and Jackie Heidenreich; and brothers-in-law Karl Heidenreich and Tom Blank.

A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, at Cornerstone Fellowship in Sweet Home.

Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.


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