John Thomas Witchen
November 2, 1949 – October 24, 2018
John Thomas Witchen, 68, passed away peacefully on October 24, 2018. Born on November 2, 1949 in Olean, New York to Phyllis and Robert Somers.
He was raised in Bradford, Pennsylvania. After graduating high school he enlisted in the Army and then transferred to the Navy, serving in the Vietnam War with the Construction Battalion. He was a proud member of the Seabees.
His love for working with his hands continued as he explored many fields of construction and mechanics. His passion for helping people eventually lead him to Abilene Christian University where he pursued a degree in youth and family ministry. When he moved to Fort Worth and became a member of The Hills Church he found many opportunities to continue to help those in need through Menders for the Master and 6 Stones ministry. He was the true definition of a servant for the Lord. Every task he faced with the "Can Do" spirit.
He is survived by his beloved Lady. His daughters, Corrie and husband Rob Luckie, Jennifer Witchen and Ashley Witchen. Grandchildren Malia, Caelin, Camryn, Ciera, Eliza, Bryce, Jelani, Ne'Jada and Quincy. And his sister, Candy Graves.
Memorial Service will be held at 4:00 pm, Sunday, October 28, 2018 at The Hills Church - Chapel, 6300 NE Loop 820, North Richland Hills, Texas 76180.
- Memorial Service Sunday, October 28, 2018
John Thomas Witchen
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October 29, 2018
John and two others came to my house and repaired my storage building as part of the Menders For The Master ministry at The Hills church. I miss seeing him at church. He was a good man. - A sister in Christ.
October 28, 2018
John was such a good man. I am sad that I am in Colorado and can't be present for his memorial service, but I wanted to send my condolences and to let the family know that his work ethic and spirit inspired me. Our house church used to volunteer with him helping fix up homes for people who were unable to do it themselves. The quiet conversations we would have in those times were very sweet and they are memories that I will always remember fondly. I am praying for the family during this hard time and send all of my best.
October 27, 2018
I meet John while my wife an I served the Marriage Reconciliation group at the Hills Church. We spent a lot of time together when he first started attending. He encouraged me more than I could have done him.
My fondest memory of him as an actor in our favorite production. "The Thorn" a story of Jesus' life.
John played a town folk and the inn keeper. He would really ham it up with me making all of the actors better because of what he did.
His love for God and people was amazing. He served:
people thru Menders repair ministry.
The church doing video
Broken hearts in the marriage reconciliation
The world is better because he lived!
I am blessed to call him friend.
October 26, 2018
Our Prayers and sympathy go out to the family and friends of Uncle John. We have made a donation in his name to the Hills Church. Sorry we will not be able to attend services.
Love Danny and Danni Himes
October 25, 2018
Words seem small in comparison to the life that John lived. He served, God and others. He loved, God and others. He believed in God that still does miracles because he had seen them firsthand. He was a mentor and a teacher servant and Father. He loved his family, he spoke of his girls and grandchildren often. We met in Marriage Reconciliation class in 2013 where he and Terry became friends and went on to lead retreats for the men and bible studies to encourage unity in the men. He had a heart for teaching and leading those into relationship with God and others. Marriage Reconciliation is a family not just a class and we have lost a family member. He will be missed deeply but we rejoice in knowing we will meet again. He now is in Glory at our Saviors feet. This we know is true.
“fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Hebrews 12:2 NIV
John endured for the Joy he knew was ahead of him. Till we meet again
October 25, 2018
I met John 5 years ago in Marriage Reconciliation class at the Hills and what I know about John is that he loved the Lord, he loved his girls, and he loved people. He had a servant heart. Every time I attended an event at the Hills, whether it be the Thorn, Summer Spectacular, or Women's conference, John was there serving in some way. Maybe he was a character in a play, or working a camera, or building a set, or serving a meal, or serving at a table, but he'd be there to greet you with a smile and a hug. He was a member of a men's Bible study and sometimes he hosted it in his home or in his hospital room. He also helped many members of Marriage Reconciliation class with home repairs or moving or whatever they needed. The MR class is a close knit family and John is an important part of that family and his loss will be significant. We have lost a very dear brother but I am comforted by the fact that I know John is in heaven and that we will meet again. This is not goodbye but see you later.
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16
John believed and he has that promise of eternal life.