Ralph Richard Bittner

October 18, 1928February 23, 2019

Ralph Richard Bittner was born on October 18, 1928 and passed away on February 23, 2019 in SAN DIEGO, California.


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Raymond Fritz

March 5, 2019

To Joan and family and friends of LCDR Richard J. Bittner,

On behalf of the United States Submarine Veterans - USSVI, please accept our sincere condolences at Richard’s passing. You and your loved ones are in our thoughts and prayers. May you find kindness to warm you, sympathy to comfort you, and cherished memories to bring peace to your heart.

We are forever grateful for Dick's service to our country in the United States Submarine service. Dick served in the U.S. Submarine Service during and after the Korean War. He qualifed in Submarines on the USS Catfish (SS-339) in 1952-53. To our Brother of the Phin we say, “Sailor, rest your oar. We have the watch.”

“Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way.” 2 Thessalonians 3:16.

Bittner, Richard J., LCDR, US Navy, now on Eternal Patrol -- Fair Winds and Following Seas to our departed shipmate. Richard’s record is posted online in the Eternal Patrol file on the USSVI website.

Rev. Ray Fritz, EM1(SS) - Acting National Chaplain United States Submarine Veterans, USSVI and Assistant Chaplain Carolina Piedmont Base, USSVI (803-619-1121),

Tim Wilkinson

March 3, 2019

I’m very sorry I can’t be there today because of this flu bug.
I want to offer my sincere condolences and sympathy to the family. I had the opportunity to work with him on many community activities and fund raising campaigns over 27 years in my role as the Alcoa Foundation representative in the region. I very much admired and respected him.
He was a giant leader in his own quiet way. He was an original member of the Quad City Contributor’s Council, a group made up of the 14 largest grant makers. I’m not sure if he brought up the fact or someone else did, that battered women had run out of shelters where they and their kids could be safe. It was our rule the we didn’t do fund raising at the meetings. It was for informational purposes only. But Dick being Dick said his Foundation will pledge X amount right now. In 15 minutes we had pledged $245,000 to get a new shelter up and running immediately for Family Services. It is still full to this day.

I never did get a golf game with him but I’m certain I would have lost.

In the obits, there was a personality trait that I may have missed seeing. He had a very wry sense of humor and made great plays on words. And when he did so he would get a little crooked smile going.

He’ll be missed.. We older guys have a saying when a friend passes: He was one of the good guys.

I know emails are impersonal but please know there are tears in my eyes.

Tim Wilkinson

Gary McKenrick

March 1, 2019

I will be out of town and unable to attend either the visitation or service, but I have to express to you my gratitude and respect for Dick's thoughtfulness and guidance. When I was a young lawyer, Dick was generous to a fault in providing guidance and support. He absolutely epitomized the meaning of "professional", and was one of the legal giants of his generation and our community. He will be missed.

Mary Weerts

February 27, 2019

Joan, Jeff, and Todd-

Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss.

It has been many years since I have seen you but I have many fond memories of Jeff and Todd at Grant Wood and your support, Joan. Thank you!

Mary Weerts