Clyde E. “Denny” Kittle, 99, of Westfield, died Thursday morning, April 18, 2013, at Absolut Care in Westfield.
Clyde was born December 12, 1913, in Margaretville, the son of the late Edward J. and Lottie (Reside) Kittle.
Born and raised in Margaretville, Denny was a 1932 graduate of Margaretville High School.
He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1941 to 1946, during World War II. Clyde enjoyed a distinguished military career with the U.S. Army AG’s office and then with the STAT Control of the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II earning the rank of lieutenant colonel prior to his retirement.
Upon his discharge, he continued his career in computers with IBM Corp., where he had been employed prior to the war. While with IBM, he was assigned to the Jamestown, office and was in charge of all sales and installations of IBM equipment in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties of New York, as well as five counties in northwestern Pennsylvania. Local assignments included Welch Foods and Ajax Inc. He enjoyed 29 years of service with IBM, retiring in 1971.
Clyde had been active in many civic affairs including the Jamestown Babe Ruth Organization and the Jamestown Optimist Club and had been a member of the John W. Rogers Post 327 American Legion of Westfield.
He enjoyed golf, deer hunting and traveling. But most of all, he enjoyed his family. Upon his retirement from IBM, he and his wife Erma, moved to Sarasota FL, where they enjoyed many wonderful years of retirement living. He returned to Western New York following her death.
Mr. Kittle was a member of First Presbyterian Church and Society of Westfield.
Survivors include his two sons, Thomas (Linda) Kittle of Blanchester, OH, and Gerald “Jerry” (Barbara) Kittle of Westfield; his one daughter, Janet K. Snow of Westfield; his seven grandchildren, Sean Kittle, Jason (Monica) Traverse, Minda VanLeeuwen, Capt. Christopher J. Kittle, U.S. Army and his wife, Abbey, Erin (Ryan) Dipzinski, Stephanie (Casey) Woodruff and Andrew (Laura) Hamm; 17 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
Clyde was preceded in death by his wife, Erma I. (Moore) Kittle, whom he married October 18, 1941, in Washington, D.C., and who died June 16, 2001; and by his daughter, Karen J. Kittle and his brother, Arthur Kittle.
Calling hours were held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 21, 2013, at the Mason Funeral Home, 37 Clinton St., Westfield.
A funeral service was held at the funeral home on Monday morning, April 22, 2013, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Stephen Morse officiating.
Burial, with full military honors, is in Union Cemetery, Westfield.
Memorials may be made to a charity of choice. Log on to www.masonfuneral .com to send the Kittle family a message of sympathy.