Arie de Wit

Arie de Wit

Friday, September 4th, 1931 Friday, August 2nd, 2019

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Obituary for Arie "Dutch" de Wit

Funeral service for Arie “Dutch” de Wit, 87, of Mentor, will be 10 AM Saturday, August 10, 2019 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 37728 Euclid Ave., Willoughby.
Family will receive friends 4-8 PM Friday at Davis-Babcock Funeral Home, 4154 Clark Ave., Willoughby.
Arie was born to Paulus and Catherina de Wit on September 4, 1931 in Boskoop, Holland. He attended “School met den Bybel” (School of the Bible) and went on to trade school. There he learned about engines both in cars and planes. He became certified by KLM Airlines. Dutch immigrated to America in 1949 with his family and settled in Painesville, and later the family bought a farm/nursery in Mentor. Dutch started working at the Buick dealership in Painesville along with many other car dealerships throughout his career.
Dutch was drafted into the military and served in the Korean War. Upon his return, he met and married Peggy Evans on August 10, 1957 and the two of them started their own business, Dutch’s Foreign Cars & Body & Towing in Mentor. Dutch was an active member of his Lutheran Church and was always well known for his stories, yearly pig roasts and a good cigar. He also was a collector of cars and loved taking his Mercedes out for a drive to Middlefield with his wife and dinner at the Dutch family restaurant.
He is survived by his second wife Ruth-Miller de Wit; sister MaryAnn Mathias, daughter Deborah Lawlor; sons, Barry (Cheryl) de Wit, Paulus (Sandra) de Wit; grandchildren, Alec Lawlor, Olivia Stapleton, Travis de Wit, Mackenzie de Wit and 3 great-grandchildren; step-daughters, Karen and Christine Miller; and step-son Mark Miller.
Dutch was preceded to Heaven by his wife, Peggy, his parents Paulus and Catherina, brother Aart and son-in-law Patrick Lawlor.
Final resting place will be in Mentor Cemetery, following the service on Saturday.
Family suggests in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to Hospice of the Western Reserve, PO Box 72101, Cleveland OH 44192-0002 or donate online at

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, August 9th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Davis - Babcock Funeral Home, Inc.
    4154 Clark Avenue
    Willoughby, OH
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    Friday, August 9th, 2019
    4:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Service

    Saturday, August 10th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Trinity Lutheran Church
    37728 Euclid Avenue
    Willoughby, OH
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    Saturday, August 10th, 2019
  • Interment

    Mentor Cemetery
    6881 Hopkins Road
    Mentor, Ohio
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Jim Matheis

Arie de Wit was SUCH a cool uncle. I'll really miss celebrating my birthday on the same day this September. Thankful he's with the Lord now.
Comment | Posted at 09:24pm via Condolence


At this sorrowful period in your life, please accept my sincerest condolences for the death of your loved one.  Reflecting on the divine promises found in the Bible will give you hope and strength to keep going until all of God's promises are fulfilled. (Romans 15:13; John 5:28, 29)
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