John F. Bittle

Feb 12th, 1941 - Sep 10th, 2017


Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home

Sun, Sep. 17th, 2017 12 pm - 2 pm


Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home

Sun, Sep. 17th, 2017 2 pm


Blairsville Cemetery

Sun, Sep. 17th, 2017

John F. Bittle

John F. Bittle, 76, of Marion, passed away peacefully with his wife by his side on Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 5:55 am at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

John was born February 12, 1941 in Carbondale, the son of John Hubert and Reba Mae (Peterson) Bittle. He married Diane Arnold on December 9, 1967 in Herrin and together they have shared over 49 years of marriage.

He was a Vietnam War Navy Veteran, proudly answering the call to serve his country from 1962 – 1966. John retired from Southern Illinois University-Dept. of Engineering Research Machine Shop in Carbondale in March 2002 after 25 years. His memberships included the Egyptian Rifle and Pistol Club, National Rifle Association, National Street Rod Association, Cushman Club of America and Vintage Motor Bike Club.

Survivors include his:
Wife – Diane Bittle of Marion
Daughter – Kerrie Hinrichsen and husband Jeffrey of Moline
Grandson – Blake Hinrichsen of Moline
Granddaughter – Ava Hinrichsen of Moline
Stepbrother – Vernon Carroll Eaton and wife Elaine of Springfield

Preceded by his Parents and Stepfather – Vernon Eaton of Carbondale

Funeral services will be Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 2 pm at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Blairsville Cemetery with Dr. Cynthia Freeland officiating. Military rites will be presented by member of the Marion VFW Post #1301, American Legion Post #147 and Navy Flag Detail Unit. Visitation will be Sunday from 12 pm until the time of service at the funeral home.

For those who prefer memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children or the Wounded Warrior Project. Envelopes will be available and accepted at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home, 800 North Market Street, Marion, Illinois 62959.

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4 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: John Hester

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: September 12, 2017

    Spent many a lunch hour playing hearts with John and Jed Clampet. Both will be missed.

  • Guest: Terry Svec

    From: Ava, Illinois

    Date: September 13, 2017

    I met John at work in the 80’s at SIUC. We shared our love for guns and hot rods. John was always the gentleman. I will miss him. My sympathy to his family.

  • Guest: Richard Hall

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: September 14, 2017

    I knew John through his father in lsw Hap Arnold. Dianne you have my condolences. I really liked John

  • Guest: William P. Hess, Sr., DPM and Staff

    From: marion, Illinois

    Date: September 14, 2017

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.