Dale Edward Bittner

 

Dale Edward Bittner, 61, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Saturday, June 28, at the Great River Care Center in McGregor, Iowa, after a courageous and hard fought battle with cancer. 

He was born Jan. 20, 1953, in Eldora, Iowa, the son of Dale and Gretchen (Bolich) Bittner. Dale and Theresa Mezera committed their marriage to paper on March 4, after being married in their hearts for nearly 25 years. He worked as a draftsman for Dillman Equipment, Gencor Bituma, and various other locations throughout Wisconsin and Iowa. 

Dale was a huge NASCAR fan (Ford all the way) and enjoyed playing golf, and watching the Packers and Hawkeyes. He was an animal lover and was known to cave every single time his daughter asked for something, especially if it was cute and fuzzy (much to her mother's dismay). This being the reason their three-person home grew to include Charlie (the chocolate lab), Jesse (the cockapoo), and Mickey (the black cat), amongst many others (Samantha, Thomasina, Frosty, Hammy, and Frisky). 

His talents included drawing (especially cartoon characters), goofy voices, and brightening up a room with his smile and good nature. While his facial hair was always changing, the sweetness inside him and the baseball cap on his head never did. Although it may seem like the wrong title, he was known as a medical miracle to those who loved him, facing each challenge with courage and grace until the very end.

He is survived by his wife Theresa and their daughter Caitlin of Prairie du Chien; his sisters, Sharon (Dave) Dempsey of Grimes, Iowa, Theresa (Al) Huston of Marshalltown, Iowa, and Mary Farrell of Eldora, Iowa; his lifelong friend and brother-at-heart Marvin “Al” Hagen, along with many nieces, nephews, and friends made along his life journey. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial visitation for Dale Bittner will be Wednesday, July 2, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Garrity Funeral Home in Prairie du Chien. He will be laid to rest at a later date in the Wauzeka Cemetery.

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