A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Mesa, Ariz., for Elmer M. Bittner, 96, of Mesa, Ariz., who passed away December 22, 2018. Inurnment will be the same day at the Queen Of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, Mesa, Ariz.
Elmer was born in Cavalier County, on November 1st, 1922, to John A. Bittner and Mary (Gartner) Bittner. He was educated in local schools and graduated from high school in Munich. He farmed with his father until 1949, when he went to work for the Soil Conservations Service, a branch of the Department of Agriculture. He spent the next 30 years of his life with this department until his retirement in 1979. Even though officially retired, he was employed by the Knights Of Columbus as a field insurance agent, again retiring after some ten years of service. At his time, he and De Loris moved to Mesa, Ariz., where he lived and worked at various activities until his passing. He was very passionate about these issues his entire life. His family, his faith, church and the Knights Columbus fraternal organization. He held various State offices with the KC program and was both a lector and Eucharistic Minister to the home bound for over 30 years. He met the love of his life in 1945 and was married on October 8, 1946, to DeLoris Charbonneau of Langdon. They were married 72 years as of October 8, 2018.
He is survived by DeLoris, three sons and one daughter: John Bittner and Barbara of Round Rock, TX; Roger Bittner of Apache Junction, Aria.; Doug Bittner and Ellen of Shakopee, Minn. and Lori and Dwight Baker of Mesa, Ariz. He also has two brothers, Kenneth Bittner and Josie of Minot and Leo Bittner and Lillian of Devils Lake, two grandsons, three granddaughters, two great-granddaughters and two great-grandsons also survive him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, son Gregory Bittner, brother Alvin Bittner and wife Catherine, sister Helen Bittner Schottenbauer and her husband Nick, daughters-in law Dorothy Kasperick Bittner and Linda Scott Bittner, and baby grandson Dwight Baker IV.
Memorials may be sent to the North Dakota Knights of Columbus Foundation, ATTN: Treasurer, Mr. Cory Badinger, 3221 46th Ave. SW, Fargo, ND 58104.