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LeMoine Emery Bittinger


LeMoine Emery Bittinger

LeMoine (Lee) Emery Bittinger of Lyle, Washington passed away peacefully July 18, 2017 in his home surrounded by family. He was 78 years old. Lee will always be remembered as a wonderful husband and father, enthusiastic elk hunter, and a passionate basketball coach.

Lee is survived by his wife Ellen; his stepbrother Bob Kirtchen of Florence, Oregon; his children Cloy Bittinger of Prineville Oregon, Steve Bittinger of Hermiston, Oregon, Nathan Bittinger of Hermiston, Oregon, Cara Ammons of Toledo, Oregon; and his stepchildren Kim Ward and Jodi Stevenson of Ridgefield, Washington. Lee had 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Lee was born on April 4, 1939 in Missoula, Montana to wonderful parents. From an early age he spent time in the mountains around Plains, Montana, with his uncles and cousins hunting and fishing. Upon graduating from High School Lee joined the US Navy (1957 –1961) where he served our country on a flight crew as an Aviation Electronics Specialist attached to Patrol Squadron 42 stationed to the Sea of Japan (East Sea). After leaving the Navy, he received his bachelor's degree in education from University of Oregon and his master's degree in education from Portland State University. Lee spent his professional career teaching and coaching at the high school level. His fondest memories are of the times that he spent with his children, students, athletes and the community in which he lived and taught. Lee was constantly a friendly face to everyone he met, willing to always help and commit his time to improving and bettering those around him. Over the years, he taught and coached in Union, Oregon (1967-1969), Gervais, Oregon (1970-1973), Arlington, Oregon (1975–1988) and The Dalles, Oregon and Lyle, Washington school systems (1992-2004).

Services will be held Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 2 p.m. at the Covenant Christian Church, 2630 E 18th St, The Dalles. All friends and family are welcome to attend and celebrate Lee's life.

Memorial gifts can be made to: Heart of Hospice Foundation, In memory of LeMoine Bittinger,

2621 Wasco Street, Hood River, OR 97031. Call (541) 396-1942.


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