William Burry "Bill" Bitticker

June 17, 1929 - August 29, 2020
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William Burry “Bill” Bitticker, age 91, passed away peacefully on August 29, 2020, surrounded by his family in the home that he built in the Saltwell Valley on the outskirts of Dover and New Philadelphia, Ohio. He was born on June 17, 1929, in Strasburg, Ohio to Walter and Gertrude (Bartholomaus) Bitticker and atte…

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William Burry “Bill” Bitticker, age 91, passed away peacefully on August 29, 2020, surrounded by his family in the home that he built in the Saltwell Valley on the outskirts of Dover and New Philadelphia, Ohio. He was born on June 17, 1929, in Strasburg, Ohio to Walter and Gertrude (Bartholomaus) Bitticker and attended elementary schools in Dover and Schoenbrunn before graduating from New Philadelphia High School in 1947.

A wonderful husband and loving father, Bill is survived by his wife of 67 years, Shirley (Edie) Bitticker; three sons: Jeffrey William (Beth) Bitticker of Atwood Lake, Thomas (Hannah) Bitticker of Dover, Steven (Polly) Bitticker of Chilhowie, Virginia, and daughter: Cynthia (Lance) Johns of Fountain Hills, Arizona. Bill was especially proud of his grandchildren; Blake (Lori) Bitticker, Emily Bitticker, Second Lieutenant Grace Bitticker, Sarah (Nate) Lawver, great-grandson Jordan Bitticker, and great-granddaughter Kyra Ditto.

William dutifully served his country in the U. S. Army, seeing action in the Korean War as a member of the 3rd Armored Division in the 48th Field Artillery. During his military service, he was awarded three battle stars and three ribbons for operations above the 38th parallel. Upon being honorably discharged in 1952, Bill returned to his home at Schoenbrunn to resume his courtship with his future wife Shirley Jean Edie. They eloped to Richmond, Indiana, and were married during a small wedding ceremony on August 7, 1953.

Bill worked for many years as an automotive machinist for Service Auto Inc. in both New Philadelphia and Dover. His professional career began at the Belmont Enamelware Co. and progressed through various locations such as; Joe Rapport Co., Ladel Mfg. Co., Greer Steel Co., Timken Roller Bearing Co., and as a lineman for the General Telephone Co. His love for the automobile led him to stock car racing where he earned the nickname “Wild Bill” for his driving ability. His racing career began in 1949, driving a 1929 Ford Model A Roadster and ended in a Chevrolet Camaro in 2003. He and his pit crew raced their home-built “hot rods” at 26 different race tracks in Ohio, West Virginia, and Georgia. His favorite track was the Midvale Speedway where he still holds the record for winning the most races, predominantly driving car number 32. Throughout his racing career, he cherished his associations with the many drivers, car owners, mechanics, and officials. Wild Bill was inducted into the Tuscarawas County Racing Hall of Fame during its inaugural year in 2003. His garage on Reeds Run Road was a favorite stopping place for racing enthusiasts regardless of the hour, and he often performed engine machining work for other racers.

William and Shirley raised their family on Johnstown Road and were members of the Bisel United Methodist Church where William served on the board of trustees. Vacations and family activities were important to the Bitticker family. There were many station wagon trips taken both near and far. They ranged from one-tank trips to three-week excursions to California or Florida. During Bill’s retirement years, both he and Shirley enjoyed driving a couple of his antique cars to shows around the area. The trophies that they won were not as important as the conversations with other car enthusiasts.

In addition to his parents, William was preceded in death by brothers-in-law; William Dean Edie, Jerry Jay Edie, and John Patrick Edie, and a sister in law; Minda Sue Edie Boffo.

The Bitticker family wishes to extend special thanks to the Community Hospice Truman House and the nurses for their caregiving, Smith Ambulance responders, the Staff at the Cleveland Clinic/Union Hospital, and John Chapman, owner of the Midvale Speedway for the special recognition ceremony upon Bill’s passing.

Visitation will be held in the Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory at New Philadelphia on Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, from 5 to 8 p.m. Pastor Roger Warnes will officiate a service at the funeral home on Saturday beginning at 10:30 a.m. with visitation one hour before the service. The funeral procession will proceed to the Midvale Speedway for Wild Bill’s final victory lap. Burial will follow in Evergreen Burial Park at New Philadelphia where the V.F.W. Post #1445 will render military honors.

Following the burial, everyone is welcome to join the Bitticker family for a fellowship dinner at Deis Hill Park. Memorial contributions in William’s memory may be directed to the Community Hospice Truman House, 716 Commercial Ave. S.W., New Philadelphia, and the Bisel United Methodist Church in care of Norma Bucher, 2845 Johnstown Rd NE, Dover, Ohio 44622.

Due to COVID 19, safety precautions will be taken. The 6-foot rule will be honored and all guests are to wear a mask. For the safety of everyone, and to allow other guests to pay their respects, we politely ask that visitors staying for the funeral service to please be seated in the Linn-Hert-Geib chapel after greeting the Bitticker family.

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Visitation Information

Date: Friday, September 4, 2020

Time: 5:00 pm

End Time: 8:00 pm

Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory

Address:

116 Second Street NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

Due to COVID 19, safety precautions will be taken. The 6-foot rule will be honored and all guests are to wear a mask. For the safety of everyone, and to allow other guests to pay their respects, we politely ask that visitors avoid lingering after greeting the Bitticker family.


Date: Saturday, September 5, 2020

Time: 9:30 am

End Time: 10:30 am

Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory

Address:

116 Second Street NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

Due to COVID 19, safety precautions will be taken. The 6-foot rule will be honored and all guests are to wear a mask. For the safety of everyone, and to allow other guests to pay their respects, we politely ask that visitors staying for the funeral service to please be seated in the Linn-Hert-Geib chapel after greeting the Bitticker family.


Service Information

Date: Saturday, September 5, 2020

Time: 10:30 am

Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory

Address:

116 Second Street NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

After the service, the funeral procession will proceed to the Midvale Speedway for Wild Bill’s final victory lap prior to burial.


Cemetery Information

Date: Saturday, September 5, 2020

Evergreen Burial Park

Address:

1520 Delaware Drive SE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

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Reception Information

Date: Saturday, September 5, 2020

Following the burial, everyone is welcome to join the Bitticker family for a fellowship dinner at Deis Hill Park.


Donation Information

Community Hospice

716 Commercial Ave. SW
New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663
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Bisel United Methodist Church

C/O Norma Bucher
2845 Johnstown Rd NE
Dover, OH 44622

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Born: June 17, 1929
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Geib Funeral Home & Crematory

On behalf of the Geib Family and Staff, we offer our most sincere sympathy for your loss. We are honored to have been called upon to serve your family.

 

Gary Stoner posted on 9/9/20

To the Bill Bitticker family. Wild Bill lived a full life and from my personal experience with his sons I feel that he created a legacy of integrity that will be carried forward by his children and their spouses. Gary Stoner

 

Rick Kaserman posted on 9/8/20

God Bless Bill and the rest of the family!

 

Dave Reynolds posted on 9/7/20

My sincere condolences to you and your family. Bill was an awesome guy. He will be missed by many!

 

Bill Knisely posted on 9/7/20

Shirley and family, My heartfelt condolences go out to you all. It was an honor to know Bill and I have many memories of him and my dad Don conversing and laughing in the garage. He knew no stranger and always had a smile on his face and his warm and humble demeanor were one of a kind. So sorry for your loss

 

KEVIN B. PETITTE posted on 9/6/20

YOUR HUSBAND AND FATHER WAS THE BEST,ON THE ROAD AND OFF, MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY!!

 

Vicki M Armstrong posted on 9/6/20

Shirley & Family, Our thoughts & prayers are with you during this time of loss. We always enjoyed seeing & talking with you & Bill at the car shows & anytime we saw you out & about. With Deepest Sympathy, Mike, Vicki, Carl & Sara Armstrong

 

Randy Clements posted on 9/6/20

I was deeply saddened when I heard that Bill had passed . I always had admired Bill as I had the opportunity to work with him and learn from him. Working with Bill as well as my Dad at Service Auto, they taught me so much and influenced my career path. My life was blessed to have known and worked with Wild Bill. I recall so many fun times as well as great stories from my time knowing Bill. My admiration for Bill has always been and will always be great. I pray that God would strengthen all of his family during this difficult time.

 

Betty Tomblin posted on 9/5/20

Shirley, so sorry for your loss. Sympathy and prayers are with you at this difficult time. May God comfort you. Betty Tomblin- married to Bill Tomblin, Sr.

 

Wayne Day posted on 9/3/20

Sorry for your loss, the Day family

 

RON AND BEV BERTLE posted on 9/3/20

OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY SHIRLEY ON THE PASSING OF BILL. OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH EACH OF YOU AT THIS DIFFICULT TIME. BILL WILL BE GREATLY MISSED BY ALL OF HIS CAR BUDDIES .HE NEVER MET SOMEONE WHO DID NOT BECOME HIS FRIEND. LOVE, RON AND BEV BERTLE.

 

Brenda McCartney posted on 9/3/20

Randy and I were sorry to hear about Bill. There are no words to describe the loss you must feel but I hope your fond memories will carry you through this terrible time. Godspeed Bill and God be with you Shirley. Sincerely Randy and Brenda McCartney

 

Brenda Robb Stafford posted on 9/3/20

Sending love and prayers for family and friends. I will always remember Bill’s gentle and kind ways. He was a dear friend of my father Russell Robb. As a little girl I remember Bill coming up our hill to talk cars with dad. He always greeted my siblings and me with a big smile and made us feel special. Heaven gained a very special angel. Tell my Dad hi for me Bill. Until we meet again on Heaven’s shores.

 

Cheryl J Skinner Tri-State Military Museum posted on 9/3/20

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time, May you come to know that the love of God is with you always, May your memories of William Burry Bitticker, give you peace, comfort and strength… Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete. I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers to the family of …. US Army Veteran, William Burry Bitticker, is “A True American Hero” God Bless† † Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

 

Linda (Armstrong) and Bill Barcus Glenville, NY posted on 9/3/20

Shirley and family, So sorry to read about Bill's death. My dad and mom (Bud & Shirley Armstrong) valued your friendship, dating back from the time Bill and my dad both served in the US Army and made "flying" trips home in the car from Fort Knox, KY. Our families visited over the years as your children, Jeff, Cynthia and Tom were the same age as my brother Buck and I. Many fond memories. Continued prayers.

 

Debbie Stalder Gemma posted on 9/2/20

Keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers

 

Paula Yarnell posted on 9/1/20

Shirley and family.....you have our deepest sympathy and prayers! Bill sure was a great guy, good neighbor & always smiling! My dad always thought the world of him! Hang on to those memories....he’s racing again! Sincerely, Mark & Paula Yarnell

 

Barbara Orozco posted on 9/1/20

So sorry for your loss! He was such a beautiful soul. I took care of him the nursing home. He always had a smile on his face and was always so nice to the aides. Prayers for the family!

 

Dee Scavelli posted on 9/1/20

My heartfelt sympathy to all the Bitticker clan. Uncle Bill was a very loving, caring man with a quick wit and contagious smile. I’m privileged to have known him. I love you all and wish I were able to be there with you. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

 

Patti Jane posted on 9/1/20

My heartfelt sympathy to the Bitticker family.

 

Larry Dean Gasser posted on 9/1/20

To the family,A legend in the racing business, great family man, leaves a great family tree behind. It's great you all enjoyed so many years with "Wild Bill" Larry Gasser and family.

 

Vicki&Lou Dalpiaz posted on 9/1/20

Shirley, we were so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. He was truly one of the kindest, most thoughtful, & respectful men God ever put on this earth. Know that you are in our thoughts and will be this weekend also. We will be unable to be there in person (Lou has another heart procedure at Aultman) but we will be there in spirit. WITH SYMPATHY, Lou & Vicki Dalpiaz

 

JR Bitikofer posted on 9/1/20

My sincere sympathy to Bill's family. I first met Bill at a car show when I was working on my Genealogy Records. Since the name was close in the spelling, I thought we might be related. He was so very interesting to talk with. I also got to know Jeff and Tom while helping with the Steinstossen at the Ohio Swiss Festival as I measured their "throws" for many years. My prayers are with your family.

 

Ron & Lisa Dague posted on 9/1/20

Bill was such a good neighbor. I grew up living next to the Bitticker. He would always be in the garage or mowing his big back yard. I'm so sorry for the family's loss. Thoughts and prayers.

 

Ann Negley Stacy posted on 9/1/20

Bill was one of my dad’s friends while we were growing up & raced at same tracks as my dad, AN1, (Midvale was one of them). I remember going to their house as kids while they were working on cars. When he came to visit our house Bill had to duck because our ceilings we’re in the hallways. Lots of good memories. May comforting thoughts, hugs, & love surround all of your friends & family.

 

Carol J Edie posted on 9/1/20

Shirley and Family, Sorry to hear about Bill's passing, you have our sympathy and prayers. Spencer & Carol Edie

 

Ken & Sue Hawkins posted on 9/1/20

To the Bitticker Family You have our deepest sympathy.

 

Kim warren posted on 9/1/20

To the Bitticker family sorry for ur loss. He was a favorite of mine to watch race at midvale. A truly great racer may he R.I.P.

 

John Miller posted on 9/1/20

I truly appreciated Bill allowing me to give him some machine work in his retirement years, (there wasn't always enough car shows or garage sales to keep him busy). I always enjoyed the time spent picking up, or dropping off projects, usually learning something, or enjoying a laugh in the process. Bill was always worried about quality. Whether it was a part, or his work, he wanted it to be satisfactory. I wish we had more people like him today....who are quality people. Prayers for the family. John Miller @ MF AG REPAIR

 

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