Hittle, Robert J.
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Robert Joseph Hittle, 94, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 30, after leading a full and rewarding life. Bob was born on October 7, 1919, in Elcho, WI, the son of Lulu (Culver) Hittle and Joseph Leon Hittle. He attended Elcho public grade and high schools. His working life began when he was a young boy, and he learned a variety of skills and trades. His many jobs included paper routes and magazine sales, farm work, trapping, movie circuit manager for northern Wisconsin, Pepsi-Cola franchise owner, and a gas station manager. In September, 1942, Bob was drafted into the Armed Services, serving as a photographer in the 9th Air Force. He served in England, France and Germany, and his duties included photography at Normandy Beach two days after the D-Day Invasion.
After receiving an honorable discharge from the Air Force, Bob returned home to marry Elaine Rine on June 29th, 1946, beginning a long and happy married life. Bob and Elaine resided in Elcho, WI for two years before moving to Manitowoc, where Bob worked as a master carpenter for the Huebner Corporation for 14 years. In 1962, he formed a partnership to purchase Industrial Millwork, Inc., and successfully grew and managed the business until his retirement in 1985.
Bob and Elaine enjoyed a long and very active retirement. They travelled throughout the United States and Canada, and also spent many wonderful weeks camping in the Wisconsin Northwoods. Bob also devoted time to maintaining prolific vegetable and flower gardens and creating detailed woodworking projects, and was instrumental in helping his children build new homes.
Bob was a member of the St. Francis of Assisi Parish. He was a long time usher at Holy Innocents Catholic Church, and was active in the Parish Council, serving a term as Parish Council President.
Bob will be remembered for his strong work ethic, his sharp wit, his storytelling ability (especially concerning the olden days in the Northwoods) and his many talents. But he will be remembered most for his kind and gracious attitude, and the wonderful life he provided for his children and grandchildren.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law: Robert and Peggy Hittle, Richfield, WI; Thomas and Yvette Hittle, Rhinelander, WI; one daughter and son-in-law: Mary Ann Hittle, DVM and Jim Wagner, Hilbert, WI; three grandchildren: Danielle (Mark) Schroder, Logan Hittle and Tony (Kate) Jawson; four great grandchildren: Braelyn, Brooklyn, and Easton Jawson, and Gabrielle Schroder; three sisters-in-law and two brothers-in-law: Maxine (Harold) Bruening; Edris Johnson; Dale (Kris) Rine, numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Elaine in 2009; his parents, Joseph and Lulu Hittle; his sister, June Manning; sisters-in-law: Bonnie Parise and Fern Rheaume; brothers-in-law: Joseph Manning; Russell Knuth; Robert Johnson; Fred Parise and Robert Rheaume; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
A Memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, August 4, 2014 at St. Francis of Assisi Parish on Waldo, 1121 North 14th Street, Manitowoc. The Rev. Rene Balbero M. F. will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial. The family will greet relatives and friends at church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at 11:00 a.m. on Monday. The Reinbold & Pfeffer Family Funeral Home of Manitowoc is assisting the family with funeral arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.jensreinboldandpfeffer.com
The family of Robert Hittle would like to sincerely thank the staff at Artisan Senior Living and at Homecare Hospice for their compassionate and expert care given to Bob.
Reinbold & Pfeffer Family Funeral Home
818 State Street
Manitowoc, WI 54220
Published in Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter from Aug. 1 to Aug. 3, 2014