Howard Bittle

Wednesday, March 24, 2004

ANNA, Ill. -- Howard R. Bittle, 93, of Anna died Monday, March 22, 2004, at Union County Hospital.

He was born Sept. 3, 1911, at Wolf Lake, Ill., son of Walter and Cora Lingle Bittle. He and Pauline Frick were married in 1935, in Murphysboro, Ill. She died May 5, 1998.

Bittle was a baker 40 years at Bunny Bread. He was a member of First Baptist Church.

Survivors include five sons, Dean Bittle of Harrisburg, Ill., Ronald and Robert Bittle of Anna, Richard Bittle of Marion, Ill., Randy Bittle of Carterville, Ill.; a brother, Carl "Doc" Bittle of Jonesboro, Ill.; a sister, Mildred Emrick of Jonesboro; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, a sister and five brothers.

Friends may call at Lutz and Rendleman Funeral Home in Anna from 5 to 8 p.m. today.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home, with the Revs. Greg Bittle and Tim Sadler officiating. Burial will be in Anna City Cemetery.