Kittle, Arthur G.

Kittle, Arthur G.

Male 1912 - 1991  (78 years)

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  • Name Kittle, Arthur G.  [1
    Nickname Pappy 
    Born 22 Jul 1912  Margaretville, Delaware County, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Residence 21 Aug 1984  Vestal Center, Broome, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Died 29 Jan 1991  Vestal Center, Broome, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I26942  Sackett
    Last Modified 8 Feb 2020 

    Family Baldwin, Jean C.,   b. 5 Jul 1917, Downsville, Colchester, Delaware County, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Aug 1984, Binghamton, Broome County, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Married 13 Feb 1935  Lomontville, Marbletown, Ulster, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
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    Last Modified 8 Feb 2020 
    Family ID F9604  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    1. [S1619] Newspapers.com (Reliability: 3), 7 Feb 2020.
      Press and Sun-Bulletin (Binghamton, New York), 02 Feb 1991, Page 5

      'Pappy' Kittle fathered love, admiration in Vestal Center

      By JEFF KEWELL-BLAKE
      Staff Writer

      Arthur Kittle was many things: a father, a volunteer, a teacher, a chaplain. But most of all, Arthur Kittle was "Pappy."

      Mr. Kittle, 78, died Tuesday at his 129 Grand Ave., Vestal Center, home after a long battle with heart disease. And when he died, his loved ones note, the community lost a surrogate father.

      "If there was one thing he was most proud of, it was his family, his grandkids especially," said his daughter, Mary Anne Kittle of Vestal. "He had pet names for all of them. He genuinely cared for all of us and let us know it often with love and with humor."

      That humor graced the Vestal Volunteer Fire Department for 46 years, where Mr. Kittle was its first chief and later chaplain.

      "He really was like a dad to all of us in the fire department, from the new people that he trained to the veterans," said Assistant Fire Chief Dick Ward. "He was always there for us, whether it was making his buckwheat pancakes at the breakfasts or giving us moral support as chaplain. He'll be missed."

      Born in Margaretville, where his family has lived since the 18th century, Mary Anne Kittle said, Mr. Kittle moved to the Triple Cities area in the late 1930s. He worked at IBM in Owego, retiring in 1971 after 34 years.

      Mr. Kittle's caring ways couldn't be spent on just his fellow firefighters and his children, said the Rev. Ronald E. Piedmonte, pastor of First Assembly of God Church in Binghamton, where Mr. Kittle taught 11th- and 12th-grade Sunday school in the late 1970s.

      "There was a positiveness about him that was infectious. He impressed me with the way he remained youthful in his thoughts and in his actions," Piedmonte said.

      "If a kid was on drugs, he didn't dismiss them out of hand, he truly understood the pressures that are on them," he added. "His approach to life was always 'God's on our side and we're going to make it.'"

      Mr. Kittle loved the woods, said Bruce Baker, who had hunted with him since 1950. His family's camp in the Catskills was a focal point for hunting expeditions for years.

      "Every hunt was a good one," Baker said. "The object was never to get a deer, that was icing on the cake. The fellowship that came from being at camp together meant the most to all of us.

      "I remember hearing him say he never felt closer to God than when he was up on those mountains," Baker said.

      He is survived by five daughters and three sons-in law, Gail and Edward Myer, Hydetown, Pa., Joan an (sic) Alfred Cherest, and Sharon Kittle, all of Van, Texas, Mary Ann Kittle, Vestal, Pamela and Michael Deane, Owego; two sons and a daughter-in-law, William Kittle of Binghamton and James and Kay Kittle of Apalachin; 16 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

      Services were Friday at the First Assembly of God Church, with Piedmonte officiating. Burial is in Vestal Park Cemetery.

      Transcribed by Ted Smith

    2. [S1619] Newspapers.com (Reliability: 3), 7 Feb 2020.
      Press and Sun-Bulletin (Binghamton, New York), 22 Aug 1984, Page 24

      Jean B. Kittle of Vestal Center

      Mrs. Jean B. Kittle, 87, of 129 Grand Ave, Vestal Center, died unexpectedly Tuesday afternoon at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital. She was born in Downsville, July 5, 1917, and is now at home with Our Lord. She is survived by her husband, Arthur G. Kittle, Vestal Center; seven children, Gail Myer, Hydetown, Pa, William Kittle, Vestal, Joan Gilg, Van, Tex, Sharon, James, and Mary Ann Kittle, all of Vestal and Pamela Decker, Vestal; 15 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; her mother, Mrs. Theo Baldwin, Vestal. She was a faithful and active worker in the United Methodist Church, Vestal Center for many years. The past 12 years she was a member of the Assembly of God Church, Binghamton.

      The funeral service will be held 9 p.m. Thursday at the H.P. Moat Funeral Home, 765 Main St., Vestal. Rev. R. E. Piedmonte, pastor of the Assembly of God Church, Binghamton, and the Rev. Ernest A. Steffensen will officiate. The family will receive friends 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home, Thursday. Interment services will be held 10 a.m. Friday at the Vestal Park Cemetery, Vestal. Those wishig (sic) may make contributions to the Vestal Volunteer Emergency Squad, Myrtle St., Vestal.

      Transcribed by Ted Smith


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