Thurman Bitzell, 83

Thurman Bitzell, 83, North Manchester, passed away at 2:45 a.m. on Nov. 4 at Peabody Healthcare Center, North Manchester. He was born Sept. 5, 1931 to Raymond and Ruth (Gill) Bitzell in Wabash.

As a child, he and his father attended many horse shows and raced horses. He graduated in 1950 from Chester High School. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951-1955. He then was a salesman for Heckman Bindery. He operated a service station in Huntington for several years. He then was employed at Wayne Metal in Huntington, as a welder and retired after several years of service. He was a member of the Moose Lodge, VFW, American Legion and Elks Lodge. He was an avid bowler and enjoyed racing motorcycles.

Thurman is survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and his companion, Edna Bitzell, who passed away Sept. 30, 2011.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Nov. 8 at 1 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, with visitation held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McKee Mortuary. Pastor Mary Lu Mikesell will officiate the service. Burial will follow in Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester.

Memorials may be made to Visiting Nurse Hospice, 5910 Homestead Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46814.

Posted on 2014 Nov 05