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Edward E. Bitner, 89

January 02, 2009

AUG. 18, 1919-DEC. 31, 2008

WESTMINSTER, Md. - Edward E. Bitner, 89, of Westminster, and formerly of Waynesboro, Pa., died Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008, at Carroll County Medical Center, Westminster.

Born Aug. 18, 1919, in Waynesboro, he was the son of the late Emory T. and Mabel Ensign Bitner.

His wife, Mary B. Blair Bitner, died in 2007. They were married Jan. 18, 1941.

He was a 1936 graduate of Quincy High School, Quincy, Pa. He later attended Penn State University in University Park and Glenn L. Martin Aviation School in Baltimore.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II with counter intelligence in Germany attaining the rank of lieutenant.

Prior to his retirement in 1981, he was employed for Boeing Aircraft, Philadelphia, for 11 years where he worked on planes, helicopters and trains.

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He was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ.

He also was a member of Acacia Lodge 586, F. & A.M. and Joe Stickell American Legion Post 15, all of Waynesboro.

He is survived by one daughter, Emily B. Jorss of Westminster; one son, Michael E. Bitner of Orlando, Fla.; one sister, Kay LaBrie of Camp Hill, Pa.; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by four sisters and two brothers.

Services will be Monday at 10:30 a.m. at Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, Waynesboro. The Rev. Sue D-Heedene will officiate. Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery, Waynesboro, where military graveside honors will be conducted by the honor guard of Charles Nitterhouse V.F.W. Post 1599, Chambersburg.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.

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