James Ray DeWitt, age 52, of Evanston, Wyoming, passed away on Tuesday, March 13, 2012, in Evanston, Wyoming. Mr. DeWitt, son of Kennith and Crilla (Cook) DeWitt, was born on November 24, 1959 in Monett, Missouri. He grew up in Washburn and was a 1978 graduate of Southwest High School. He was employed by the Daisy BB Manufacturing Company in Rogers, Arkansas, for 17 years, before moving to Poteau, Oklahoma. In 2004 he moved to Kotzebue, Alaska. He has lived in Wyoming since August of 2007, and was the camp caretaker at the Uinta County Youth Camp in Evanston, and was aspiring to try cycling this summer with his friend and pastor, Robert Douglas. He was a loving father, grandpa, and great-grandpa, and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a member of the Aspen Grove Southern Baptist Church in Evanston.
He married Ruth Ann Jesse on September 21, 1995, in Bentonville, Arkansas; she survives.
Additional survivors include three sons, David Turner and his wife Debbie, of Howe, Oklahoma, Jason Eads and his wife Amy, of Waldron, Arkansas, and Justin DeWitt of Bella Vista, Arkansas; three daughters, Franchesca Schibi, of Joplin, Missouri, Rachal Orr, of Heavener, Oklahoma, and Lindsay Joel and her husband Brian, of Rogers, Arkansas; 15 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and three sisters, Joyce Lahr, of Washburn, Missouri, Janice Faulkner, and her husband Laymon, of West Fork, Arkansas, and Jeanette Hilburn, and her husband David, of Exeter, Missouri.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Frances Louise (Patterson) DeWitt, and his two sons, James Ray DeWitt, Jr. and Marcus Allen Frank DeWitt, in September of 1981.
Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, March 19, 2012 at Roller Cemetery west of Washburn. The family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 18th at the White Funeral Home in Cassville, Missouri.