Note: Joyce went home to be with His Lord at St. Mary's Hospital, Kitchener. Joyce resided at Nithview Home, New Hamburg and was formerly of Kitchener. He was born in Waterloo Township, a son of the late Isaiah and Jemima (Swartz) Witmer. Joyce was a founding and active member at Calvary Mennonite Church, Ayr. He had been a dairy farmer and a vendor at Kitchener Farmers Market for many years. Beloved husband of the late Laverne Shantz who predeceased him October 2, 1988. Loving father of Keith and Joy Witmer of RR3 Allenford, Dave and June Witmer of Shakespeare and Marlene and Bill Harvey of Kitchener. Sadly missed by grandchildren Brian and Denise Witmer, Judy and Grant Gibson, Robert Witmer, Greg and Judy Witmer, Wendy Brandon, Donna and Scott Snyder, Steve and Carolyn Witmer, Debra and Bruce Strong and Faye and Richard Gils; by great-grandchildren, Ashley, Travis, Kyle, Mason, Jakob, Michael, Matthew, Amanda, Tyler, Jessica, Leah, Kristy, Liam, Julia and great-great-granddaughter, Elexis. Also remembered by sisters-in-law, Edna Witmer and Olive Lichty, both of Kitchener, Lorene Shantz of New Hamburg and Dorothy Shantz of RR2 Petersburg. Joyce was the last surviving member of his immediate family, having been predeceased by sisters and brothers Stella and John Kehl, Lily and Arthur Snyder, Willard and Avon Witmer, Leslie and Elma Witmer, Etta and Emanuel Swartzentruber, Susie and Edward Knechtel, Homer and Reta Witmer, and Lincoln Witmer.
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