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Granton L. "Grant" Wittberger

March 24, 1931 November 28, 2018
Granton L. "Grant" Wittberger
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Granton L. Wittberger "Grant"
November 28, 2018: Age 87 years. Beloved husband of Mavis (Nee McKay). Loving father of Alicia Wittberger, Grant (Kim) Wittberger, Riki (Tom) Spahn, and Darcy (Taymoor) Wittberger. The Great and Wonderful “La-La” to Sadie, Chloe, and Finnian. Further survived by his brother Russ (Pat) Wittberger, cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives, friends, and Midnight. He is proceeded in death by his parents Tony (Libbie) Wittberger, sister Alice, and grandparents, uncles, aunts, niece, and cousins.

Grant, the adored #4-6, was a standout basketball player for Marquette University (MU) in the early 1950s. He led the team (alongside his brother, Russ) to the school’s first post-season title by winning the National Catholic Invitational Tournament, beating Iona, St. Francis (N.Y.), and St. Francis (Pa.) in Troy, N.Y. in 1952. This win was one of only three post-season tournament wins in the over 100 years of Marquette basketball. The brothers were both voted to the all-star team that season.

A recent article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel shares that after MU, Grant played AAU basketball for the Milwaukee Allen-Bradleys of the National Industrial Basketball League. The article continued to mention that the, “… 6-foot-8 Wittberger's scoring prowess with the Allen-Bradleys led to him getting signed by the NBA's Milwaukee Hawks in 1953.” Read the full article about his basketball days here:

https://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/2018/11/29/former-marquette-basketball-player-grant-wittberger-dies/2156211002/


Wittberger worked most of his adult life in marketing and advertising for Allen-Bradley (Rockwell Automation) where he met his future wife, Mavis. He saw Mavis McKay, wife of 57 years, for the first time in the company cafeteria and even though he was shy, he couldn’t resist introducing himself. The two were married in Milwaukee, WI on September 28, 1961, and over the years they created a family including four children and three grandchildren. They were lucky enough to live together in the same home, in Brookfield, WI, for over 50 years.

Family was his greatest joy and his children and grandchildren were the proudest accomplishments in his long and fruitful life. Grant treasured family time, along with an occasional Cuban cigar, working in his garden, and sitting by the pool in his backyard, connecting with loved ones, never short of a clever joke or witty comment.

Grant traveled the world with Mavis throughout their marriage, visiting the Caribbean, Yugoslavia, Alaska, and New York, to name a few. Family vacations became a priority, where precious memories were created throughout the years.

Another life highlight was in the early 1960s, when Grant purchased Bryant’s, Milwaukee’s Oldest Cocktail Lounge, with Russ. The brothers partnered with another owner and continued the tradition to serve specialized classic signature cocktails, a practice that still happens to this day.

A long-time MU season ticket-holder, Grant looked forward to watching basketball games in person and on TV with his family. Each season, he’d rotate taking his wife, kids, and grandkids to games, which are fond memories the family will hold in their hearts forever. He coached his kids’ basketball teams to victories of their own, and now his grandkids continue the basketball tradition. (Although to this day, not one of them have mastered the perfect hook shot quite like their #46.)

Grant spent his last night watching the Golden Eagles (formerly Hilltoppers / Warriors) pummel Charleston (Southern) together as a family. He watched his final game Tuesday, in his home, surrounded by loved ones, and toasted with his vodka on the rocks, with a twist.

Grant lived life with integrity, humor, grace, and dignity. A celebration of his life and legacy will take place on Saturday, December 8 at Harder Funeral Home, from 11 am until the time of service at 1 pm. In lieu of flowers, if desired, memorials to Humane Animal Welfare Society (HAWS) would be appreciated. Grant had a special place in his heart for animals, especially cats.

(It’s only fitting this basketball legend is honored on the day that the Marquette Golden Eagles play longtime rivals, the Wisconsin Badgers. RING OUT AHOYA WITH AN M-U RAH-RAH!)


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Visitation

Saturday

8

Dec

11:00 AM 12/8/2018 11:00:00 AM - 1:00 PM 12/8/2018 1:00:00 PM
Harder Funeral Home

18700 W. Capitol Dr.
Brookfield, WI 53045-1965

Harder Funeral Home
18700 W. Capitol Dr. Brookfield 53045-1965 WI
United States

Service

Saturday

8

Dec

1:00 PM 12/8/2018 1:00:00 PM
Harder Funeral Home

18700 W. Capitol Dr.
Brookfield, WI 53045-1965

Harder Funeral Home
18700 W. Capitol Dr. Brookfield 53045-1965 WI
United States
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