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James "Jim" Leroy Bittinger

December 4, 1943 ~ September 7, 2019 (age 75)


James Leroy Bittinger, 75, of Ashland, died Saturday, September 7, 2019 at UH Samaritan Medical Center, surrounded by his loving family.

Jim was born December 4, 1943 in Mansfield to James J. and Margaret {Wynn} Bittinger.

Jim graduated from Lucas High School.  He served in the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1967 as a Military Policeman. 

He married Margaret Eleanor Emanuel on November 8, 1973.  She passed on November 27, 1999.

Jim retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers after 34 ½ years, where he was the dam keeper at Charles Mill, Pleasant Hill, and Mohicanville Dams. He was also a Special Deputy for the Ashland County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Marshal for the Village of Hayesville, and the Marshal for the Village of Mifflin. Jim was a member of Hayesville United Methodist Church, American Legion Post #0016, and Life Member of the NRA.  He was also a 46 year member of the Mifflin Lions Club where he earned the Melvin Jones Award. 

Jim will be deeply missed by his children J.J. (Amanda) Bittinger and Mike (Sara Kruty) Bittinger both of Mifflin; Mary Zalokar, his companion of 17 years, of Mansfield; grandchildren Hunter and Hayley Marcum, Olivia Meador, and Gavin Kruty; several nieces and nephews.

Jim was preceded in death by his wife of 26 years and brother Bill Bittinger.

Friends may call Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Roberts Funeral Home-Ashland Chapel.  Services will be Friday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Paula K. Archdeacon officiating.  Burial will be at Hayesville Cemetery, where military rites will be held.   Online tributes may be made at   Memorial contributions may be made to Mifflin Lions Club at 2078 Township Road 1095, Ashland, OH 44805.

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September 12, 2019

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Roberts Funeral Home - Ashland Chapel
1058 US 250 N / PO Box 715
Ashland, OH 44805

Funeral Service
September 13, 2019

11:00 AM
Roberts Funeral Home - Ashland Chapel
1058 US 250 N / PO Box 715
Ashland, OH 44805

Graveside Service
September 13, 2019

12:00 PM
Hayesville Cemetery
State Route 60
Hayesville, OH 44838


Mifflin Lions Club
2078 Twp Rd 1095, Ashland OH 44805

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