Weerts Funeral Home

3625 Jersey Ridge Rd, Davenport, IA


James Patterson Hitchner

December 2, 1925September 6, 2019

Celebration of Life services for James Patterson Hitchner, 93, of Bettendorf, will be 11 AM Wednesday September 11, 2019, at Bettendorf Presbyterian Church, 1200 Middle Road, Bettendorf.

Visitation will be from 9:30 AM till service time, at the church. Burial with honors, will be at the National Cemetery, Rock Island Arsenal. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Endowment Fund of the church.

Jim passed away at home on Friday September 6th. He was born in Woodstown, NJ on December 2, 1925, the son of Dr. Elam and Alice (Patterson) Hitchner. He graduated from Peddie Prep School, Hightstown, NJ in 1944. Jim served in Europe during WWII with the 17th Airborne Division as a paratrooper. He received his BS degree from Central Methodist University, Fayette MO, where he met his wife Rosemary (Luke). They were married on June 7, 1950, and had four children.

His business career was with International Harvester Co, working in various areas of the country, mostly in the East and Midwest. Upon transferring to the Quad Cities in 1975 he retired in 1985. Over the years, Jim was an active member of Bettendorf Presbyterian Church. A man of great faith, he was a beloved husband, father, and friend to many. His quick wit and sense of humor brought joy to all who knew him.

Survivors include his wife Rosemary, with whom he shared 69 years of marriage; daughters: Carol Carter, Oxford, PA, Alice (Ron) Newman, Ankeny, IA, and Susan (Rusty) Hayden, North Manchester, IN; grandchildren: Kimberly Carter, Sarah Carter, Stephen (Rose) Newman, Curtis (Megan) Newman, Kevin Newman, Douglas (Brogan) Hayden, Elizabeth Hayden and Shaun Hayden and 8 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, James Patterson and a brother, Elam.


  • Dr. Elam Hitchner, Father (deceased)
  • Alice Hitchner, Mother (deceased)
  • Rosemary Hitchner, Wife
  • Carol Carter, Daughter
  • Alice (Ron) Newman, Daughter
  • Suan (Rusty) Hayden, Daughter
  • Kimberly Carter, Granddaughter
  • Sarah Carter, Granddaughter
  • Stephen (Rose) Newman, Grandson
  • Curtis (Megan) Newman, Grandson
  • Kevin Newman, Grandson
  • Douglas (Brogan) Hayden, Grandson
  • Elizabeth Hayden, Granddaughter
  • Shaun Hayden, Grandson
  • James has also left 8 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, James Patterson and a brother, Elam.

  • Tyler Carter
  • Trever Carter
  • Isaiah Carter
  • Nathaniel Carter
  • Stephen Newman
  • Curtis Newman
  • Kevin Newman
  • Douglas Hayden
  • Jim Benson, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Elizabeth Hayden, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Kimberly Carter, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Ken Berkompas, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Rusty Hayden, Honorary Pallbearer

  • Endowment Fund of the church


  • Visitation Wednesday, September 11, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Wednesday, September 11, 2019


James Patterson Hitchner

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Jeffrey Hill

September 11, 2019

I had the pleasure to serve with Jim (Mr. Hitchner to me!) on the Bettendorf Parks Foundation for many years. He was a really great man and a great community member. I have good memories of some of the good work that we did together!

Jeffrey Hill
Bettendorf, IA

Becky Johnson

September 7, 2019

It brings our family great sadness to hear of Jim's passing. He was a dear friend to both of my parents, (Clare and Eleanor Osher), to my sister and husband, (Sam and Cindy Oh), and to my husband and I, (Toby and Becky Johnson). Jim and Clare worked together for International Harvester Company in the Quad Cities for many years. After my father passed, Jim and Rosemary were so caring and loving to our mother. They always watched out for her and included her in outings, get-togethers and meals.
Jim was such a delight to be around. He always had an encouraging word and a smile to share. His wit and humor could brighten any day. He will be greatly missed.