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James Thomas Vitz

11/04/1943 ~


Services for James Thomas (Todd) Vitz, 79, of Kingwood, Texas will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 11, 2023, at the First Baptist Church of Laneville, Texas with the Reverend Brady Weaver officiating.  Todd Vitz went to be with his Lord and Savior on January 15, 2023. Todd was born Nov 4, 1943, in Amarillo, TX to John and Katherine Vitz. He graduated from Dumas High School in 1963. James served as a SGT in the U.S. Air Force, Air Mechanics Division from 1965 to 1968. During the time of his service, he served in Da Nang during the Vietnam War.  After he was honorably discharged from his service, he worked as an airplane mechanic at General Dynamics in Ft. Worth.   Todd hired on to Missouri Pacific Railroad as a train engineer until the age of 65 when he retired. He married Jo Ann Vitz on May 22, 1999, in McKinney, TX and they settled in Kingwood, TX. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and will be greatly missed by all his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  He loved hearing stories of their accomplishments and was excited when they visited. He loved spending time with family. He was a practical jokester to the very end, which is one of the characteristics everyone loved about him.  He loved life, loved to laugh and make others laugh.  He will be deeply missed by those who loved him. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jo Ann, parents; brother, John (Chacie) Vitz; brother, William Vitz; and nephew Cary Vitz. Loved ones include his daughter, D’Ann Haberman and husband Ed; son, Brien Vitz and wife Teresa; stepsons, Ken Story, his wife Debbie and family, Roger Story, his wife Bonnie and family, and Marvin Story.  Also surviving him are his beloved grandchildren, Alan Thibodaux and wife Sarah, Jennifer Thibodaux and husband Josh, Holly Spence and husband John, Rodney Cody, Brooklyn Vitz, Heather Haberman and Hailey Hayes and her husband Cassidy; great-grandchildren include, Kade and Konner Alsbrooks, Christopher Clark, Jayde and Nolan Thibodaux, and Revyn Hayes; sister, Charlotte McCraw, and her husband John; sisters-in law Judy Vitz and Betty Vitz. Also surviving him is a host of nieces, nephews and friends whom he loved dearly. Interment will be held at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery on March 3, 2023, at 1:45 p.m.

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5 thoughts on “James Thomas Vitz”

  1. Charlton Robertson

    I have been Todd’s next door neighbor for years and could not ask for a better friend and neighbor. I am not sure who enjoyed our joking around more, he or me. Todd’s passing leaves an emptiness in my heart and he will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

  2. Todd was a good friend and neighbor. We would frequently meet in the cul-de-sac while working in our yards. We would playfully fuss at each other, and enjoy one another’s company. I will miss Todd. He was a good friend.
    Todd, give my best to Jo Ann.
    Ralph Daves

  3. To our sweet friend Todd, our next next-door neighbor you are so missed. We really enjoyed your jokes and laughter. I would come with a plate full of food and dessert you would always call as soon as you were finished to tell me thank you again. You would always open your door with the biggest smile on your face. Our granddaughters loved coming to see you knowing they would get a piece of chocolate candy. May you rest in peace you are now with your dearest wife Jo Ann.

    D’ann our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Sonja & Buster Field

  4. Dana Haberman

    Thank you Sonja. You have no idea how much we all appreciate you and Buster. I could not have asked for him to have better neighbors than you two. We will all miss Dad. Hopefully you will get other good neighbors. Thankful you were part of our journey.
    Ed and D’Ann Haberman

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