Clarence ‘Jitts’ Lawrence

Clarence “Jitts” Lawrence of Waukesha died March 9, 2014, at age 85.

He was the beloved husband of JoAn (nee Mickle) for 63 years; dear father of Lindy (Steven) Whiting and Larry (Sherry); grandfather of Alex; brother of Gerrit (Carol); and brother- in-law of Alice “Trixie” Lawrence. He is also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lillian and Clarence; brothers, Paul and Ray (Hilda); and sister, Jean (Joe) Bigg.

A memorial gathering will be held Sunday, April 6, from 1 PM to 4 PM at Church and Chapel Funeral Home, 380 Bluemound Road (at highways J and JJ, four blocks south of Interstate 94), Waukesha, with a memorial service at 4 PM. Burial of cremated remains at Prairie Home Cemetery will be at a later date.

Jitts signed with the Chicago Cubs in 1946 as a pitcher and was with the organization for five years. He was a U.S. Army veteran and was a longtime member of the Evangelical & Reformed United Church of Christ in Waukesha. He was a retiree from the city of Waukesha Parks and Recreation Department and was the county park manager at Nagawaukee Park. His volunteer work in the community was a big part of his life. He is loved by many and will be deeply missed.

Memorials to the Evangelical and Reformed United Church of Christ in Waukesha are suggested.

Church and Chapel Rudolph-Larsen Bros. Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 549-0659 or visit www.churchandchapel.com to view the online obituary, leave condolences or receive directions. To receive this obit/directions, text 1353116 to 414-301-6422.