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14960 Manchester Rd.
Ballwin, MO 63011-4623
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Robert Edward Bittner

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Bittner, Robert Edward of Ellisville, MO, formerly of Hamilton, Township, NJ, on November 20, 2012. Robert was born on January 3, 1921 in Trenton, NJ, to the late William and Margaret Bittner. Robert is also preceded in death by his siblings. Beloved husband of Betty Jean Bittner (nee Dodge); dear father of Karen A. (Gary) Ruder of Ellisville, MO, Susan C. (the late Stephen) Gephart of Jacksonville, NJ, Robert E. (Judy) Bittner, II of Palm Coast, FL, Dennis C. (Beth) Bittner of Jacksonville, FL, and Thomas R. Bittner of Ellisville, MO. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Mr. Bittner and his identical twin, Thomas, obtained their flying licenses when they were sixteen years old at the Central-Jersey Airport near Windsor. Robert flew for Penn Central Airlines prior to World War II. He then proudly served as a U.S. Naval Aviator during World War II, instructing pilots at the Olathe, Kansas Naval Air Base. After WWII, he continued his flying career, retiring from United Airlines in 1973. After his retirement, he continued to pursue his love of flying by instructing and flying his J-3 Cub and Waco UPF7. He had many happy years with all of his family and enjoyed his hobbies of woodworking and taking care of his tree farm. Special thanks to Heartfelt Hands Senior Services and Mercy Hospice. Services: Funeral from the SCHRADER Funeral Home and Crematory, 14960 Manchester Road at Holloway, Ballwin, Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. to St. Alban Roe Catholic Church, Wildwood for 9:30 a.m. Mass. Interment Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Ameri can or The Wounded Warrior Project. Visitation Tuesday 4-8 p.m. Friends may sign the family's on-line guestbook at Schrader.com.

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Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Nov. 25, 2012
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