NORMAL — George P. Kitterman, 92, of Normal passed away at 8:54 p.m. Friday (March 4, 2011) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.
His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Kibler-Smith Memorial Home in Bloomington, with the Rev. Larry Gaylord officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Kibler-Smith Memorial Home and also one hour prior to the service on Wednesday at the funeral home. Interment will be at East Lawn Memorial Gardens in Bloomington. Full military rites will be accorded by the Carl S. Martin American Legion Post 635. In lieu of flowers, memorials made to the First Presbyterian Church of Normal or to Shriner’s Hospital for Children in George’s name are respectfully requested. Kibler-Smith Memorial Home is handling arrangements.
George was born Feb. 13, 1919, in Chicago, to George W. and Mayme Keuth Kitterman. He married Marjorie M. Kamlah on Sept. 3, 1940. She died on Sept. 17, 1974. He later married Maurine Erickson Peddicord on Nov. 27, 1980. She died Nov. 24, 1996.
He is survived by two daughters of George and Marjorie, Linda (Jerry) Annel of Spring Valley and Cathy Kitterman of Normal; also one stepdaughter, Bridget (David) Whitworth of Arcadia, Mo.; five grandchildren, Justin (Missy) Smith, Ashly Smith, Kevin (Tracy) Gehrt, Eric (Tina) Gehrt and Jamie Annel; and five great-grandchildren.
George was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Margaret, who died in 1993 at the age of 88.
George graduated from Lake View High School in Chicago at age 16. He served in World War II from 1943 to 1945 in the Army 4th Cavalry in Belgium and Germany. He experienced combat in the “Battle of the Bulge” and Hurtgen Forest, stopping the German advance on Christmas Eve, 1944. He was decorated with five Battle Stars as part of the First Army.
He was employed with Country Companies from 1946-1984, retiring as manager of Reinsurance and Facilities Planning. In 1961 he moved from Rolling Meadows to Normal with Marjorie, Linda and Cathy.
George enjoyed reading, walking, singing and outdoor activities. He took the family on tent camping vacations, eventually visiting all 50 states and most of the Canadian Provinces.
He was also a sports lover, both as player and fan. His love of sports began when his dad took him to the first All-Star game at Comiskey Park in 1933, where he saw Babe Ruth’s two-run homer win for the American League. He once golfed 75 holes walking in one day. He managed his company’s softball team and played again in Florida in his 70s. He rooted for the White Sox, Packers and IWU basketball.
At age 80, he teamed up his baritone voice with a very talented pianist, Bea VanGundy, putting on programs for various groups and senior homes. George knew the lyrics of more than 200 songs.
He was a member of the American Legion, VFW and the First Presbyterian Church of Normal. George was deeply loved and will be sadly missed.
Online condolence may be sent to the family at www.kiblersmith.com.