Colonel Lloyd E. and Joan Platt Witmer Fund

Colonel Lloyd Witmer and his team helped City officials establish Shelton as a landmark - a user-friendly area for businesses

Colonel Lloyd Witmer held the city of Shelton and its surrounding Valley communities in the highest regard. Col. Witmer and his wife Joan relocated to Shelton in 1969, as a result of his employment with Avco Lycoming. He became a fixture within the city, eventually serving as the Head of its Economic Development Office.

"He was an exceptional and accomplished individual," said James Ryan, VCF Board Member and former head of the Shelton Economic Development Corporation. "Lloyd understood what businesses were looking for. He and his team helped City officials establish Shelton as a landmark - a user-friendly area for businesses to come to and grow in."

Col. Witmer joined the Navy right after graduating from Catawba College, and was already a Marine Corps officer when he married Joan Platt, a Massachusetts native, who predeceased him. He served his country admirably throughout the Pacific in World War II, receiving the Bronze Star with Valor and the Navy Cross, and again in Korea. A Philadelphia native, he died in October 2007 at his retirement home in Dover, Delaware, and was buried in his beloved Shelton.

"The Valley was so fortunate to have Lloyd and Joan settle here," said William Nimons, who is the Trustee of Col.Witmer's estate. "He had no children, and so decided to establish his legacy in his Will, creating a trust which distributes the income among four different organizations, including the Valley Boys and Girls Club." In his capacity as Trustee, Bill Nimons elected to utilize the services of the Valley Community Foundation to help the Witmer Fund grow.

The Colonel's planning ensured that his legacy will perpetually benefit the specific groups that he wanted to assist. "Lloyd carefully planned his legacy with the advice of expert legal counsel, and made sure all of his philanthropic priorities were clearly defined in his Will," said Bill Nimons.

Col. Witmer's collection of medals and other historic memorabilia have been donated to the Shelton Historical Society for inclusion into their permanent collection. "There is no doubt that Col. Witmer served his country and his community with distinction," said Jim Ryan, and Bill Nimons agreed. "Because of his incredible dedication to this area, his legacy will live on through the great work this Fund will accomplish."

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Col. Lloyd E. and Joan Platt Witmer Fund