OBITUARY

Ben Kittler Jr.

September 7, 1939January 8, 2021
Play Tribute Movie

Earth’s loss is Heaven’s gain. Ben died with his boots on, doing what he loved-surveying. Earth’s loss is Heaven’s gain. Ben died with his boots on, doing what he loved-surveying.

Ben Kittler, Jr. was 81 years old and born September 9, 1939 to John Kittler and Pauline Underwood Kittler in Yancopin, AR. He is survived by his wife, Judy Sicking Kittler, and predeceased wife, Patricia Ann Kittler. He was predeceased by two sisters, Mary Francis and Helen, and a younger brother, James Kittler. He is survived by son, Robert Allen Roberts and daughter, Angela Michelle Swann. Daughter in law, Angie Roberts and Candy Eads. Grandchildren are Caleb Swann, Emily Roberts and husband, Raymond Wayne Terry, Corey Swann, Allyssa Eads, Chloe Swann, and Carter Roberts. He is loved by many in-laws, nieces and nephews.

He was a long time member of Geyer Springs First Baptist Church, where he served faithfully for many years.

He graduated from high school in Buckeye, AZ and earned a civil engineering degree at Worcester Academy in Worcester, MA. He was a life-long learner taking continuing ed courses in GIS, GPS and computer courses.

After his family, the two loves of Ben’s life were flying and surveying. He received his pilot’s license when he was 20 and has been avidly flying ever since. He was an Air Force Veteran of the Airborne Division of Strategic Air Command. Ben was a registered surveyor in multiple states. He owned a surveying business for many years. He worked as a state surveyor for seven years, where he investigated survey disputes. Needless to say, retirement was not on his horizon!

Ben had a winning way with people. He often would come home from a survey talking about his clients complaining about what nasty, rotten neighbors they had, but after Ben met with them, they were very kind and helpful. Ben always carried sacagawea dollars in his pocket. In restaurants, he would give a dollar to a young child who was behaving. He was the most kind and generous person that anyone would ever meet. He was loved by all and will forever be in our hearts.

Visitation will be held 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at Pinecrest Funeral Home. A celebration of Ben’s Life will be held 1:00 pm, Thursday, January 14, 2021 at Geyer Springs First Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to Geyer Springs First Baptist Church, St. Jude Children’s Hospital or the charity of your choice.

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, January 13, 2021

  • Celebration of Life

    Thursday, January 14, 2021

Memories

Ben Kittler Jr.

have a memory or condolence to add?

ADD A MEMORY
John Owen

January 14, 2021

Ben was a great guy with a big heart. He reflected his savior in all that he did. I always enjoyed seeing him at church. Will never forget the Hawaiin vacation we shared with him and Judy and the Pages. Barbara and I regret that we can't attend his memorial due to the Covid epidemic. His family is in our prayers.

Karen Turner

January 13, 2021

Ben is one of the kindest ,sweetest men Glenn and I have ever known and we’re so proud to have been his friends. I imagine he made a friend of everyone he met! I’ll never forget you two taking us flying one Sunday after lunch and you telling Ben to ease up on the turns because Karen is scared! That was putting it mildly...I’d never been in a small plane before but I shouldn’t have been with all the hours Ben had flown.
Judy, we know your heart is broken as well as all the rest of the family. We will miss your precious man too and will be praying for you. Glenn and Karen

Roger Wardlaw

January 12, 2021

I worked with Ben at Garver and Garver Engineers in the late 1970's. Ben was a super guy and always great to work with. I accidentally ran across his obituary, but I'm sure God pointed me to it. I know Ben was a man of God and I am glad that I knew him. God bless and comfort his family during this time of loss.

Ann Dzuik

January 12, 2021

Ben and his brother, James, were my favorite male cousins. He was always kind and positive, and I never heard him say a bad word against anyone. He was so generous, both with time and money and refused to let me pay when we went out to dinner, that rascal! His early life was not easy, but Ben had vision and intelligence, and it has taken him far. He will be missed by many!

Donnie Brooks

January 12, 2021

So sorry to hear about Ben's passing. Ben was always a joy to speak with and was full of knowledge. Certain items Ben gave us we use everyday in our business. Ben will be missed.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY