We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Kader-Neff Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc.
Robert "Bob" Eugene Bittner, 86, of Bellefonte (originally Howard, Pa) passed away on Wednesday, August 24, 2022, at Centre Care Nursing Facility. Bob was born a twin to Richard C. Bitner in Lock Haven on November 28, 1935, the son of the late Russell Neese and Kathleen Stiver Bittner. He married Shirley Elaine Confer who has passed.
Bob graduated from Lock Haven High School class of 1953. He then began delivering milk of Confer’s Dairy to everyone in the surrounding area of Howard. Confer milk bottles are a pride possession of the family for this reason. Bob also proudly served in the National Guard. Bob then began selling prudential life insurance going door to door throughout the town. As if he didn’t know the ins and outs of every road in Centre County well enough, he took up a school bus driver job as well. Bob drove school bus for his brother’s Bitner Busing Company (eventually sold to Susquehanna Transit) for 42 years. He drove the parents of kids to and from school on the bus. That’s how long he drove bus for. Bob could always be spotted in his “Bitner’s Busing” windbreaker as well matching hat. Bob knew the name of almost everyone in Centre County at one point in his life. Finally, he fully retired at age 82 on November 20, 2018.
As a hobby with his wife Shirley, Bob owned the Howard Homestead Bed & Breakfast which took place in his 5-bedroom home in Howard, Pa. The first home in Howard to get electricity! Shirley and Bob welcomed so many people into their home during times of need - strangers and family members. Together, Shirley and Bob also found a love for camping. Their most prideful camping site was the Centre County Grange Fair where they stayed for 2 weeks every year surrounded by all of their friends and family. Even though Bob didn’t make it to the fair this year, the Bittner’s camper is currently at the Grange Fair right now.
In Bob’s spare time with friends and family he was notoriously known for his strategy in card games - specifically Rummy and Sequence. Bob never raised his voice, even in the most necessary situations where he could and possibly should have raised his voice. The one exception being during his intense card games where his opponent was getting too close to taking the win.
Bob was the most family-dedicated man you would ever meet. The amount of time, effort and love he put into his family will never be able to be matched. Everyone who knew Bob knew that they were loved by him. Bob made the BEST ham for every holiday. Turkey on thanksgiving? No way! Always Bob’s ham. Everyone would look forward to the holiday simply just for his ham (specifically those strings!!).
Bob spent years visiting his wife Shirley in the Centre Crest Nursing Home every single day. Bob did not miss maybe all but one single day going to the nursing home to eat dinner with his wife. After selling their home in Howard, the Bittner’s moved to Bellefonte next door to their daughter, Jennifer. Bob visited with Jennifer and all of her family including their dog that he loved so very much day in and day out. In the later years of his life, Bob religiously called his daughter Beth every single night before bed to talk for hours. Bob was a very quiet and laid back man for the majority of his life until these nightly talks where he began to talk for hours and hours and hours. All in good spirits with so much love, of course.
Bob is survived by one of his two daughters; Jennifer (Michael) McCartney of Bellefonte, brother; Don Bittner of Texas, sister-in-law; Barbara (Tom) Davidson of Bellefonte, sister-in-law; Donna Bitner of Blanchard, foster son; Russell Hearn of Howard, four grandchildren; Karri Weaver (Jason Neidig), Clint (Nina) Weaver, Chelsea Weaver (Elam Lapp) and Angelica Bryan as well as 13 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchild.
Bob is preceded in death by his twin brother Dick Bitner on May 16, 2009, wife Shirley Bittner on August 3, 2020, and his daughter Beth (John) Bryan of Altoona on January 23, 2022.
Bob lived one of the best lives one could ever love! He will endlessly be loved and missed by his family and friends.
Family and friends will be received from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday, August 29, 2022, at the Kader-Neff Funeral Home 135 West Main Street, Howard, Pa. 16841.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. Monday, August 29, 2022, at the Funeral Home, with Pastor Craig Rose officiating.
Burial will be private at the family’s convenience.