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Kenneth Earl Hittle


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Kenneth Earl Hittle took his last flight to be with his Heavenly Father on Wednesday, December 2, 2020. Please take a moment and share a kind thought or memory with the Hittle family at www.andersonbethany.com.

On September 1, 1928, Ken was born in Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, to Col. Leslie Lee Hittle and Emma Lu Curtner Hittle. He graduated from Lawton High School, Lawton, Oklahoma, in 1947, and studied for a year at the University of Oklahoma. Ken then followed his dream to study and graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1952. Upon graduation, he was commissioned into the U.S. Marine Corps and eventually became the HDQ and HDQ Commander at Twenty Nine Palms, CA, where Ken was honorably discharged.

Ken traveled the world both as a Marine and as a civilian, spending time in Hawaii, Japan, Iowa Jima, Europe and Camp Darby, Italy. As a civilian, Ken worked as a chief engineer for various radio stations in the Midwest and could often be heard announcing the Sunday morning show.

Upon Ken and his wife Pat’s retirement, they hit the open road spending many years RV’ing throughout the United States and finally settling in Roswell, NM. As a speed reader, he read everything he laid his hands on when he did not create wooden works of art, such as a ukulele, violin, treasure box or chess table. Ken had a subtle sense of humor and could spin a yarn so well that his listener would follow along willing, for quite a while before realizing that the tale was one of Ken’s famous “gotchas.”

Those left to grieve Ken are his wife, Pat Johnson Hittle; brothers: Leslie Lee Hittle, Gervase G. Hittle; and sister-in-law, Cathy Bell Hittle. He will be sorely missed by his children: Kathryn Hittle Stuever Breen, Randi Hittle Berry, and Susan Hittle Meier; sons-in-law: Michael Breen and Louis Meier. Also missing him are his grandchildren: Greg Stuever, Jr. and wife Anna, Jeremiah Stuever and wife Patricia, Christina Stuever Camp and husband Lucas, Johnathan Stuever and wife Leah, Nickolas Breen, Ryan Tucker, Shawn Tucker and wife Naomi, Jason Meier, Sarah Meier Belka and husband William, and Ethan Meier and wife Robyn. Also grieving are his great-grandchildren: Nathanial, Zoey, Ally, Christopher, Alex, Trevor, Thomas, Leslie, Jack, Rose, James, Adam, Dallas, Benjamin, Connor, Audrey and Kaiden.

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Preceding Ken in death were his sisters: Judith Hittle and Ellen Hittle D’Aura; and brother, Carl Hittle.

Kenneth’s tribute was written in his honor by his family.