Howard Witt, Jr.Issue Date: March 28, 2019
Howard "Andy" Witt, Jr., passed away Tuesday, March 13, 2019 at Agrace HospiceCare in Fitchburg.
Born May 5, 1947 in Ridley Park, Pa., the fourth child, to Howard and Virginia (Melendy) Witt, he followed his calling into radio with his ability to converse and natural radio voice, he was a natural fit. He received his First Class Broadcast license from Brown Institute in Minneapolis, Mn. While working for a station in Neenah early in his career, he assumed the radio name "Andy", which is how most people know him to this day.
In 1973 he took to the airwaves at 1070 WTSO in Madison and continued to be the morning personality until retiring in 1993. He could make all around him comfortable, proven with all the relationships he had with radio broadcasters, celebrities and music acts. Many remember the voices of the "Pat & Andy" show and then "Andy & the Bear" morning show providing comedy to their daily commute. He had great knowledge of professional and collegiate Wisconsin sports.
He married Shelly Cunneen in February of 1989 and they planned a family and had two children. He then changed careers and became a financial planner for Kemper Securities in 1994, before working at Morgan Stanley, where he retired from in 2017. He worked in the financial industry with the same disposition that made him successful in broadcast.
He and his son Mickey were best buddies as they traveled often to Disney World and other locations and credits his son for keeping him young and active. His relationship with his daughter Alyssa was as a confidant and best friend.
In late June 2018, he was diagnosed with terminal cancer and faced the news by turning tears into laughter of those he loved. After being in the hospital, many caretakers stayed in touch with him even after he returned home to contemplate his final months. A permanent void will only be filled by reflecting on the stories and adventures of those that were fortunate to know him. He was a master Orator, Ice Bowl attendee, lover of laughter and always the most fun at a party.
Survivors include three children, Kendal J. Harker of Dubuque. Ia., and Michael "Mickey" Witt and Alyssa M. (Partner, Zachary Monroe) Witt, both of Oregon, Wi.; three brothers, Fred (Sally) Witt of Oconto Falls, David (Joyce) Witt, of Milton, Fla. and Ted (Cindy) Witt of Waunakee; a sister, Debby (Paul) Riener of Woodville, Oh. and many other extended family and friends.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Daniel and a sister, Wendy.
No public viewing will be held. A private celebration will be held at a later date. Memorials can be made to the family. All Faiths Funeral and Cremation Services of Madison is assisting the family.
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