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Vincent H. Bitzer

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Vincent H. Bitzer, 87, Gettysburg, died Jan. 28, 2014 at the Avera Oahe Manor, Gettysburg.
Mass of Christian Burial was held Jan. 31 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Gettysburg with Father Jerry Kopel, celebrant. Burial followed in the church cemetery, with military honors.
Vincent Harold Bitzer was born April 9, 1926 in Tolstoy, SD, to Harold M. and Elma (Glanzman) Bitzer. He attended school at Tolstoy, Onaka and graduated from Hoven High School in 1944. Vincent enlisted in the United States Navy, serving from 1944 to 1946.
On Feb. 18, 1950, he was married to Mary Baus at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Hoven. They lived in Tolstoy and drove a fuel truck and was a rural mail carrier. In April 2013, they entered the Oahe Manor, residing there until the time of his death.
He was a member of the Tolstoy and Hoven School Boards and the Hoven American Legion.
He is survived by his wife, Mary of Gettysburg; his children: Lexie (Dennis) Hilmoe of Coon Rapids, MN, Mary Lynn (Ken) Brown of Gettysburg, Kathy Rost of Springfield, OR, Jim (Kathy) Bitzer of Seneca, Bob (Kathy) Bitzer of Denver, CO, Liz (Rick) McGuire of Lake Preston, Tom (Kari) Bitzer of Loveland, CO and Michelle (Rick) Vogel of Gettysburg; 25 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren and one sister, LaVonne (Philip) Vik of Sioux Falls.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two grandchildren.
Luce Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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