In memory of
Robert Orville Bitner
In memory of
Robert Orville Bitner
Robert Orville Bitner Robert Orville Bitner, 92, passed away February 12, 2021 at Messiah Lifeways, Messiah Village, Mechanicsburg, PA. Bob was born to Orville R. and Mabel (Kuhn) Bitner on August 30, 1928, in Hagerstown, MD where he lived until he graduated from high school. At age 15, he accepted God's call to foreign missionary service. He entered Houghton College in western New York to prepare that ministry, graduating in 1950 with honors. At Houghton he became editor of the Houghton Star, President of his Senior class, '50, and met Nona Merkel, RN. After graduation, Bob went to Dallas Theological Seminary, married nurse Nona who gave birth to their first two children In 1956, the four of them sailed for Haiti, as missionaries in the Unevangelized Fields Mission (UFM), recently renamed CrossWorld. The Bitners served the Lord in Haiti for 20.5 years, Bob as administrator over 50 missionaries and Nona in health ministry and mother of two more sons. All four children were educated in Haiti, and colleges in the USA. Returning to Hagerstown, Bob worked for his Father's Insurance company, until thousands of Haitian migrant workers flooded into the Mid-Atlantic farm area. The Bitner family.served the next 12 years in language translation, health and social services with the Haitian migrant farm workers. Some of Bob's family continue to volunteer in summers. All 4 of the Bitner children have served the Lord in various overseas ministries and the third generation have begun. His Legacy: "I want to serve my Lord to my last breath." People from at least 8 different countries cared for him in his final hospitalizations. The Lord brought the World to him. Nona's health failed in the 1990's. and she died in 2002. In 2003, Bob married Nona's friend and his college classmate Ruth Winger, who introduced him to Messiah Village. She had previously served the Lord in a Native American school in Arizona. His second wife, Ruth (Winger) Bitner passed away two days before their second anniversary. In 2006, he was reintroduced to another Houghton College acquaintance. now teaching in China. They were married in the Chinese Christian Church in Mishawaka, In, and returned to Messiah Village Mechanicsburg, PA. In addition to his parents, and first and second, Bob was preceded in death by one sister, Miriam Bitner Henry, He is survived by his third wife, P. Helen (Lewis) Bitner, one daughter, Becky A Hartt; three sons, David R. Bitner. Paul D. Bitner, Peter S. Bitner; and one sister,. Lois (Bitner) Tamkin; 12 grandchildren, and 20 great grandchildren. For complete obituary, please visit https://www.minnichfh.com
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Hagerstown, MD 21740
In memory of
Robert Orville Bitner
Robert Orville Bitner Robert Orville Bitner, 92, passed away February 12, 2021 at Messiah Lifeways, Messiah Village, Mechanicsburg, PA. Bob was born to Orville R. and Mabel (Kuhn) Bitner on August 30, 1928, in Hagerstown, MD where he lived until he graduated from high school. At age 15, he accepted God's call to foreign missionary service. He entered Houghton College in western New York to prepare that ministry, graduating in 1950 with honors. At Houghton he became editor of the Houghton Star, President of his Senior class, '50, and met Nona Merkel, RN. After graduation, Bob went to Dallas Theological Seminary, married nurse Nona who gave birth to their first two children In 1956, the four of them sailed for Haiti, as missionaries in the Unevangelized Fields Mission (UFM), recently renamed CrossWorld. The Bitners served the Lord in Haiti for 20.5 years, Bob as administrator over 50 missionaries and Nona in health ministry and mother of two more sons. All four children were educated in Haiti, and colleges in the USA. Returning to Hagerstown, Bob worked for his Father's Insurance company, until thousands of Haitian migrant workers flooded into the Mid-Atlantic farm area. The Bitner family.served the next 12 years in language translation, health and social services with the Haitian migrant farm workers. Some of Bob's family continue to volunteer in summers. All 4 of the Bitner children have served the Lord in various overseas ministries and the third generation have begun. His Legacy: "I want to serve my Lord to my last breath." People from at least 8 different countries cared for him in his final hospitalizations. The Lord brought the World to him. Nona's health failed in the 1990's. and she died in 2002. In 2003, Bob married Nona's friend and his college classmate Ruth Winger, who introduced him to Messiah Village. She had previously served the Lord in a Native American school in Arizona. His second wife, Ruth (Winger) Bitner passed away two days before their second anniversary. In 2006, he was reintroduced to another Houghton College acquaintance. now teaching in China. They were married in the Chinese Christian Church in Mishawaka, In, and returned to Messiah Village Mechanicsburg, PA. In addition to his parents, and first and second, Bob was preceded in death by one sister, Miriam Bitner Henry, He is survived by his third wife, P. Helen (Lewis) Bitner, one daughter, Becky A Hartt; three sons, David R. Bitner. Paul D. Bitner, Peter S. Bitner; and one sister,. Lois (Bitner) Tamkin; 12 grandchildren, and 20 great grandchildren. For complete obituary, please visit https://www.minnichfh.com
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