Ralph R. Bittner, 75, of Princeton, IN. formally of Fort Branch, IN, went home to be with the lord on Wednesday, Oct.
31, 2007 at the ChalierVNAHospiceCenter in Evansville, IN..
He was born to the late
Edward and Rosa (Rhinehart) Bittner on Jan. 11, 1932 in Evansville, IN.
He was aq
school teacher earlier in life, of which he was very proud of, and retired in
1984 from the Sterling Brewery in Evansville, IN. After retirement he farmed in rural FortBranch. Ralph belonged to the Holy Cross Catholic Church. He
was a veteran of the Korean War, having served in the Air Force from 1951 until
1954. He also was a member of the Fort Branch VFW Post #2714, the Princeton
American Legion Post # 25, the Princeton Eagles, and the Evansville Owls. In
2002 Ralph received the Master Farmer Conservation Award by the Gibson Co. Soil
and Water Conservation District.
Besides his parents, Ralph is
also preceded in death by his wife Carol Jean (Weber) Bittner on Sept. 7, 2001; and 2 brothers, Earl and Harold Bittner.
He is survived by 2 sons.
Rodney and Bradley Bittner both of Fort Branch, IN; 5 brothers and 3 sisters,
Mildred Schultheis, Caroline Baehl,
and ElevraGodeke all of
Evansville, IN, Melvin Bittner of Haubstadt, IN, Francis (Marilyn) Bittner of
Evansville, IN, James (Beverly) Bittner of Evansville, IN, Chester (Earleen)
Bittner of Evansville, IN, and Edward (Linda) Bittner of Mt. Vernon, IN; a
sister-in-law, Julie Ann Bittner, Wilma Bittner; and several nieces and
nephews; and a special friend, Anne Collins.
A mass of Christian burial
will be conducted on Saturday, Nov. 3 2007 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Fort Branch, IN, entombment will be in the Holy Cross Mausoleum,
Fathers Tony Ernst and Gary Kaiser will be the celebrants.
Visitation will be on Friday, Nov. 2,
2007 at the Stodghill Funeral Home located on Hwy. 168 West in FortBranch, IN. from until and again
at the church on Saturday, from until service time. A Rosary will be conducted on Friday evening at
the funeral home by the church parish at The VFW Post 2714 will conduct military services at the cemetery on