Donald Omer Bittner Donald Omer Bittner died Tuesday, June 17, 2014 in Federal Way, Washington at the age of 95. Don was born September 2, 1918 in Chicago, Illinois to Omer and Bessie Bittner. Together with his three siblings, Don spent part of his childhood on the family farm in Curlew, WA. He graduated from high school in Denver and from the University of Washington in 1944 with a degree in Accounting. Don served as a First Lieutenant in the Quartermaster Corps in the Philippines during WWII. He continued his service as a Captain in the Infantry of the National Guard. In 1941 he married Mona Jean Smith from Toppenish, Washington, and they raised their four children in Idaho until 1968 at which time he moved his family to Tacoma, Washington. In 1967 Don founded ABC Transmission Service in Tacoma, operating his business for almost forty years. This family business continues today with 47 years in service. Don was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing and exploring the Northwest. He especially loved introducing his grandchildren to outdoor adventures, including beach combing, cattle driving and horseback riding. In 1997 Don married Kathryn Elizabeth Warnke with whom he shared 17 years of travel and companionship. Don is survived by his wife Kathryn, his children Kathryn Gould (Richard), Jim Bittner (Pamela), Susan Bonebakker (Peter), his step son Doug Warnke (Susan), 13 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters Evelyn Peterson, Jewel Paisley, and his brother Harold Bittner. Don was predeceased by his daughter Jane Blakley, and his first wife Mona Bittner. Services will be held on Wednesday June, 25, 2014 at 1:00PM at St. Matthew Episcopal Church, 6800 Eastside Drive N E, Tacoma, WA 98422. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salvation Army of Tacoma in Don's memory.
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Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on June 22, 2014