CUTLER — John O. Wittenborn, 80, passed away at 7:17 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, 2016, in Memorial Hospital in Carbondale.
John was born March 1, 1936, in Sparta, the son of Raymond A. and Mabel D. Steffens Wittenborn.
He married Sharron Jo Treece in Arkansas.
He was a member of the U.S. Air Force Reserves.
John was a retired professional football player as an offensive lineman, linebacker, and a place kicker for the San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles who won the 1960 World Championship, and Houston Oilers for a total of 11 years. After that, he coached football at Murphysboro High School, University of Tulsa, Mannford High School in Mannford, Oklahoma, Trico-Elverado High School and Sparta High School.
John was a member of the Steeleville Baptist Church, a Charter Member of the NFL Players Association, Southeast Missouri Athletic Hall of Fame, and the Philadelphia Hall of Fame as a member of the 1960 World Championship team.
He was an avid lifelong coon hunter.
John is survived by his wife, Sharron Jo Wittenborn of Cutler; his children, Julie (Steve) Wittenborn-Sikorski of Ava, Jeff Wittenborn of Carterville, and Jay (Hilary) Wittenborn of Murphysboro; grandchildren, Katelyn, Claire, Harper and Graham; stepgrandchildren, Amber and Nathan; great-stepgrandchildren, Addison and Karter; stepchildren, Robert (Evan) Klintworth and Tony (Jackie) Weldon; stepgrandchildren, Jakob, Lukas, Samuel and Abigail; brother, Roland Wittenborn of Sparta; sisters, Lucille Wiechens of St. Charles, Missouri, Lois Derring of Murphysboro, Ruby (Joe) Sendek of Murphysboro, and Bonnie (Jerry) Rushing of Tamaroa; sister-in-law, Anna Mae Wittenborn of Sparta; many nieces and nephews; and he’s also survived by many former students, athletes and coaches that loved and respected him.
John was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Delmar Wittenborn; two nieces; and one nephew.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 3, in Steeleville Baptist Church, with the Rev. Scott Foshie officiating. Family will receive friends from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the church.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Wilson Funeral Home in Steeleville is in charge of arrangements.
To sign the guestbook, visit www.wilsonsfuneralhome.net.