Clarence E. “Bud” Bittler Sr., 92, of Parkway, Schuylkill Haven, died Friday, August 8, 2008, at Rest Haven, Schuylkill Haven, where he had been a patient since June.
Born in Cressona, Aug. 29, 1915, he was a son of the late Edward and Eva Butz Bittler.
He was married to his loving wife, Carolyn Moyer Bittler, for more than 50 years.
Bud was a 1934 graduate of Schuylkill Haven High School. He served in the Marine Corps during World War II in the Pacific Theater.
He was last employed by the former Alcoa Aluminum, Cressona, retiring in 1972 with 25 years of service.
He was a faithful member of St. John’s United Church of Christ, Schuylkill Haven; a life member of Marine Corps League of Minersville and a charter and life member of Auburn VFW; a member of Alcoa 25 Year Club, Schuylkill Haven Senior Citizens, Edson’s Raiders of Quantico, Va., in which he formerly served as president, and Chapel of the Four Chaplains of Philadelphia.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a son, C. Edward Bittler Jr., Belize, Central America; a daughter, Barbara Bittler, Schuylkill Haven; a granddaughter, Melanie Coffin and her husband, Chris, Waco, Texas; two great-granddaughters, Shalley and Faith Coffin.
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. John’s UCC, Dock and Main streets, Schuylkill Haven, with the Rev. Janet Lewis officiating. Interment with full military honors will be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville.
The family requests donations be made in his memory to St. John’s United Church of Christ Building Fund, 121 E. Main St., P.O. Box 118, Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972.
Geschwindt-Stabingas Funeral Home Inc., Schuylkill Haven, is in charge of arrangements.