Bittinger, George

George Luther Bittinger, Jr., 83, of Wauseon, Ohio, died June 7, 2019, at CHP Inpatient Hospice in Defiance,  Ohio, following several months of declining health.

He was born June 21, 1935, in McClure, Ohio, the son of Jessie (Penn) and George L. Bittinger, Sr.

George lived his early life in Swanton,  Ohio, where he attended grade school. He helped his father farm, and farming developed into a life-long passion. He also worked for Annex and Triangular Processing in Wauseon. He was a member of the Fulton County Jaguars Special Olympics team, and always enjoyed cheering them to victory.

George was fascinated by tractors, specifically the International brand. His favorite place to visit was Oak Openings Metro Park in Whitehouse. He also loved sweets, in particular donuts. George celebrated his 1,000th-month birthday this past October with a party of family and friends. George was a fun-loving man who brought joy to many.

He is survived by two sisters, Pat (and Richard) Phillips of Delta, Ohio, and Pam Gambler of Bryan, Ohio; a brother, Dennis Bittinger of Virginia; a niece and great-nephew, Christy and Peyten Shadbolt; and several other nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Fredrick and Robert Bittinger; two nieces, Tracy and Michelle Bittinger; a nephew, Mark Shadbolt; and three great-nephews, Curtis Bittinger, and Randy “Junior” and Chad Gambler.

Visitation is planned from 2 to 6 p.m.  Saturday, June 8, at Eagle Funeral Home in Fayette. Funeral services are scheduled at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, with Pastor Andy Reynard officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette.

Memorial contributions are suggested to family members, in care of Christy Shadbolt, who plan to dedicate a bench in George’s name at Oak Openings metro park.