Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Axel Wittig

Axel Wittig, age 71, of Shelby, died unexpectedly Monday morning, September 19, 2022 at his home.

Axel was born January 5, 1951 in Braunschweig, Germany to the late Alfred and Eva Marie (Nehrkorn) Wittig and was a 1969 graduate of Shelby High School. Axel was a veteran of the United States Army serving as a wire chief from 1970-1973 during the Vietnam War and had retired from PPG where he had worked for over 26 years. Upon his retirement, Axel moved to Knoxville, TN where he lived with his brother, Ralph, until moving back to Shelby to be closer to his family.

Axel enjoyed bird watching and spending time with his cats and fish. He loved to woodwork- carving many things over the years. As an avid sports fan, Axel enjoyed rooting for the Cleveland Browns and the Cleveland Indians.

Axel is survived by his two children: Samantha Maria (Anthony) Roub of Shelby and Axel “AJ” (Heather) Wittig of Loves Park, IL; grandchildren: Anthony C. Roub, Alexander Wyatt Roub, Levi Axel Wittig, and Peyton Jo Wittig; cousins: Frank (Paula) Nehrkorn and Terry Nehrkorn; other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, Axel was preceded in death by his brother: Ralph Wittig; and uncle: Hermann Nehrkorn.

Family and friends are welcome on Friday, September 23, 2022 from 5-7 pm at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, OH 44875. For those unable to attend, condolences may be expressed by leaving a comment on Axel’s obituary on the funeral home’s website,, or Facebook page,

Memories & Condolence

  1. Don and Sue Cunningham says:

    We are so sorry to hear of his passing. There are no words of comfort that are adequate. Just know how much we love you and are so sorry we are this far away at this time. Love and prayers.

  2. Regina Dusan says:

    Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. My mom and dad were friends with “Onkel Alfred” and “Tante Evchen” (Axel’s parents…that’s what I called them) when I was a child and Ralph, Axel and I were childhood friends. We lost touch over the years, but I have fond memories of our family trips to Florida together. The Wittig’s drove all the way from Cleveland and Shelby to Florida in a Volkswagen Beatle! What a blast! I haven’t seen Axel in a while, but he reached out to me not too long ago via Facebook Messenger. Now he is reunited with his brother and parents. Take care of each other!

  3. Lisa Baker says:

    Thinking of you And your family Samantha and Tony.

  4. Ann Imhoff says:

    When I worked at Phils he would stop in after work and I fix him a Cheeseburger And we talk about Germany where Tom and I Lived for two Years

  5. Bob & Sue Stover says:

    Sam & AJ we are so sorry to see this. May he Rest In Peace.

  6. Pat Tack says:

    Axel, sorry for your loss, may God comfort you and your family and give you peace.

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