GREENVILLE - David Alan Bilter, 73, of Greenville, passed away early morning May 24, 2013, at the Brethren Retirement Community in Greenville.
He was born Aug. 30, 1939, in Dayton, son of the late M. Rodney and Elizabeth (Rupert) Bilter.
David had moved to California as a boy, where he graduated from Hayword High School. He then attended San Jose State University where he had earned a bachelor of science in teaching. He was a member of the ROTC at San Jose State where he earned his initial military rank of Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force.
David was an adventurous soul who spent six months touring Europe, then entered the military, and then taught high school English and German before finding his passion for wine. He spent the rest of his career selling and educating others in the art of enjoying wine. Once he retired, he took up wood working and gun collecting but his love of wine remained his lifelong passion and he rarely missed an opportunity to help educate a newcomer to the wine experience.
He is survived by his wife, Ann Bilter; whom he married on June 4, 1983; a brother, D. Keith (Louise) Bilter of Lafayette, Calif.; stepchildren, Robin Lynn Johnston of Capitola, Calif., Michael (Leslie) Johnston of Roseville, Calif., and Paul (Samantha) Hollenbeck of Hemet, Calif.; nine stepgrandchildren; four stepgreat-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind a sister-in-law Kitty (Dennis) Rohrs of Willits, Calif., and brother-in-law Jerry (Carol) Davis of Klamath Falls, Ore.
Services, with full military honors, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home, 1000 N. Broadway, Greenville, Ohio. Burial will take place at a later date in the Dayton National Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Saturday from 12 p.m. till 2 p.m. The family requests that memorial contributions be given to the
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