Wilbert A. Bitler

Wilbert A. Bitler





     Services for Wilbert A. Bitler, 50, of Route 1, partner with his brother, Edward, 3631 W. Elm St., in the Bitler Bros. Construction Co., will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Davis-Miller & Son Cathedral Chapel.

     Mr. Bitler died at 9 a.m. Saturday in St. Rita's Hospital shortly after his arrival there. Death was attributed to a heart attack. Mr. Bitler underwent amputation of his right arm after a construction accident two years, but the family physician could not say that this contributed to his death.

     A native of Wapakoneta, Mr. Bitler was active in many civic and fraternal organizations. He was a member of the First Reformed Church, the Lima Club, Shawnee Grange, Dads Club of Shawnee School, Amateur Radio Club and the State of Ohio Board of Registered Engineers and Surveyors.

     He also was an active Mason, belonging to Garret Wykoff Lodge No. 585, Free & Accepted Masons; the Lima Chapter No. 49, Royal Arch Masons, of which he was past High Priest; the Lima Council No. 20, Royal & Select Masters, of which he was Thrice Illustrious Master; Shawnee Commandery, No. 14, Knights Templar, of which he was past Commander; the El Karan Grotto, of which he was past Monarch; Scottish Rite, Valley of Toledo, and the Aladdin Shrine, Columbus.

     In addition to his brother, he is survived by his widow, Anna May, at home; two sons, Jesse Samuel and Harold Charles, both at home; his mother, Mrs. Catherine Bitler, 438 McPheron Ave.; another brother, Louis Leroy, 200 Watt Ave., and a sister, Mrs. Lowell Rahrig, Delphos.

     The body will remain in the Davis-Miller & Son Cathedral Chapel, where members of the Shawnee Commander, Knights Templar, will conduct Memorial serivces at 8 p.m. Monday.

     The Rev. Richard Vitz and the Rev. V. L. Wells will officiate at the Tuesday services. Burial will be in Shawnee Cemetery. Richard Gushman, Richard Denman, Arthur Rohrbaugh, Jack Garrett, Richard Hance, and Raymond Lowe will be pallbearers. 

Source: Obituary, 10 Jul. 1955, The Lima News, Lima, OH, p. 2.