Robert Bittle Sr.

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Robert H. “Bob” Bittle, Sr., 77, of New Athens, IL, born March 27, 1943, in Belleville, IL, died Monday, May 4, 2020, at his residence.

Bob along with his wife, Betty, own Belleville Auto Body and took great pride in customizing cars back in the day.  He spent many hours at the shop, and it was much more than work for him. His friends and family would often stop by after hours for “just one more”.  He loved camping, boating, stock car racing (Bittle 89 and more), anything with a motor, and the great outdoors.  Bob could talk to anyone about anything and was truly one of the good guys.  He will be missed by his family and friends, but he will live on through his lessons and stories.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Fern, nee Schwellensattl, Bittle; and two great-granddaughters, Emersyn and Charlee Stuhlsatz;

Surviving are his loving wife, Betty, nee Yuengel, Bittle, whom he married on May 18, 1961;
his precious pet, Molly;
two daughters, Tammy (Lawrence) Fix, and Lori (Russ) Kough;
a son, Robert “Bobby” Jr. (Janet) Bittle;
a dear niece, Sharon (Martin) Gruenewald;
nine grandchildren, Heather (Timmy) Hill, Lance (Ashley) Fix,
Johnny Eilermann, Lyndsey (Trey) Stuhlsatz, Lucas (Beth) Fix,
Kelsey (JT) Eckert, Brendan Bittle (Sarah), Travis Bittle (LeaAnn),
and Noelle Kough;
seven great-grandchildren Levi, Lincoln, and Addy Fix,
Aurora Moake, Alexi Fix, and Sutton and Parker Stuhlsatz;
two bonus great-grandsons, Brayden and Owen;
a brother, Terry (Doris) Bittle;
two sisters-in-law, Shirley Marcin and JoAnn Martin;
and many loving cousins and family.

Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Funeral:  Per Bob’s wishes, his family will have a small private memorial.

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33 Comments on Robert Bittle Sr.

Robert Link said : Guest Report May 17, 2020 at 12:31 PM

So sorry for the family's loss. Moved and did not stay in contact. Many memories from the old days. God Bless

  • Willow Springs
  • Mo
Judy Eckert said : Guest Report May 11, 2020 at 9:55 AM

I am so sorry for your loss. May he live on in your memories.🙏 With deepest sympathy, Judy

  • LENZBURG
  • IL
Jerry said : Guest Report May 09, 2020 at 4:53 PM

Although its been a few years since we have seen the Bittles, we still stayed in contact. Bob and his whole family was like a part of my family. I spent a lot of time at the body shop and other places with the Bittles and every moment is cherished and will never be forgotten. Bob was a one of a kind, great and humble man. The world is blessed to have had him and there are no words to express how he is and will always be missed. Bobby keep your daddy's tradition going and most of all, be there for your mama. .

  • Piedmont
  • SC
Karen and George Kabacinski said : Guest Report May 08, 2020 at 12:38 PM

George and I wish to offer you our condolences. May God heal your sorrows and lighten your heart. Sending our prayers to the family and friends that will miss him dearly.

  • Cypress
  • TX
Betty Edward Helf said : Guest Report May 08, 2020 at 11:29 AM

So sorry for your loss. We didn't have the privilege to meet him, but if he is anything like Terry I am sure he was a wonderful person. Prayers are with you and your family. God Bless

  • Belleville
  • IL.
Brian McGuire said : Guest Report May 08, 2020 at 9:54 AM

Sorry for your family's loss.

  • Swansea
  • Il
Jim Larson said : Guest Report May 08, 2020 at 9:16 AM

Very sad news, sorry for the loss of a great man! May all of our prayers be with the family at this time! Love you all and God Bless!

  • O'Fallon
  • IL
Wayne (Wooz) & Penny Jennings said : Guest Report May 07, 2020 at 2:01 PM

Bobby, Janet & Family, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. May you find strength in Christ during this difficult time.

  • Waterloo
  • Illinois
John Wojda said : Guest Report May 07, 2020 at 10:08 AM

Bobby (and Janet) I am SO sorry to hear about your dad. He was such a positive natured pleasant guy! (Just like you Bobby, it's easy to see where it comes from.) Your dad will undoubtedly be dearly missed. Our heartfelt thoughts are with you, Janet and your family.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Linda Stuhlsatz said : Guest Report May 07, 2020 at 9:42 AM

To the Bittle Family, You are in our thoughts and prayers. From the Stuhlsatz Family

  • Millstadt
  • IL
Cindy Schilling said : Guest Report May 07, 2020 at 3:16 AM

My love and prayers surround you all. Happy memories cherished forever.

  • Brisbane
  • Queensland, Australia
Linda & Gary Yates said : Guest Report May 06, 2020 at 10:22 PM

Awww! We are so sorry to hear about Bobs passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sincerely Linda and Gary

  • Belleville
  • Il
Russ Hoernis said : Guest Report May 06, 2020 at 8:47 PM

I am sorry for your loss of Bob. He is a good man and I am sure you will always cherish the memories. For you Bobby it is especially difficult when you work with your father your entire life.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Bill Bittle said : Guest Report May 06, 2020 at 7:42 PM

Sorry for the loss. Bob was one fine man

  • Shiloh
  • IL
ROBERT DECAMP said : Guest Report May 06, 2020 at 3:32 PM

Brenda and I wish to send our condolences for your loss. I remember many a times at the shop when I would visit, He loved that place. God bless you all!

  • SMITHTON
  • IL
ROBERT DECAMP/Brenda said : Guest Report May 06, 2020 at 3:28 PM

So sorry to hear of

  • SMITHTON
  • IL
Mark & Sharon Gaubatz said : Guest Report May 06, 2020 at 9:00 AM

So sorry for your loss! Prayers & hugs to you, Bobby & family.

  • Columbia
  • IL
Mark & Kimberly forcade said : Guest Report May 06, 2020 at 7:42 AM

We were very sorry to hear of Roberts passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Please except our sympathy. Sincerely, mark& Kim forcade

  • Belleville
  • Il
Amanda (Mandy) Huffman said : Guest Report May 06, 2020 at 4:36 AM

I'm truly sorry for your Families loss he's sure going to be missed. He's an Angel now and at peace. You all have my condolences...Take Care of each other

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Wayne Hoernis said : Guest Report May 06, 2020 at 12:53 AM

So sorry he was a good man. I did frame work for him back in the day. Will never forget him.

  • Swansea
  • Il
Ken Kaffer said : Guest Report May 05, 2020 at 10:17 PM

My dear friend Bob, please accept my deepest sympathy for the loss of your dad. Even though I never met him personally, it is easy to see that he was a fine man. The amount of love, compassion and concern that you have for your fellow man could only have been instilled in you by your parents. You know I have always been a Bobby Bittle fan and I am confident that you will carry on your father’s legacy taking over as patriarch of your family. May God grant you and your family the strength and peace to carry on during this difficult time. With love, Ken Kaffer

  • Belleville
  • IL
Vicki said : Guest Report May 05, 2020 at 8:34 PM

I am so sorry for your loss may bob Rest In Peace and you find strength in God.

  • Smithton
  • Il
Mary Vielweber said : Guest Report May 05, 2020 at 7:48 PM

Betty and family, Sending my hugs and love. I am so sorry for your loss. May you find peace and comfort in the memories.

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Diane L Parisotto said : Guest Report May 05, 2020 at 6:48 PM

I am so sorry for your loss. I remember your father at the races and talking to me. May the Lord bless you and your family in this ti.e of sorrow.

  • Belleville
  • IL
David Corwin said : Guest Report May 05, 2020 at 6:04 PM

I grew up around the auto body when I was a kid... Bob Sr and jr always had matching Camaros, elcaminos, trucks.. metalflake and pin striping like no other. I lived on the same street just up a block next to als machine shop.Bob Sr always had a joke or loved to hear one. Friday afternoon was always fun to see the #89 being loaded up for Belleclair speedway...It will be sad to go by the body shop knowing bob passed. But a childhood of memories will never be forgotten. 🏁

  • Belleville
  • Ilinois
Amanda (Mandy) Huffman said : Guest Report May 05, 2020 at 6:03 PM

I'm truly sorry for your families loss you all have my condolences....

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Peggy Emery said : Guest Report May 05, 2020 at 5:47 PM

My deepest sympathy to Betty and her entire family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Freeburg
  • Il
Terry & Loretta Stanmer said : Guest Report May 05, 2020 at 5:28 PM

Dear Bittle Family, Bob was a great guy you will see him again he is flying with the angels

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Tara Lauf said : Guest Report May 05, 2020 at 5:21 PM

Betty and family, I'm so sorry for your loss. Bob was a great guy and will be missed by so many! Love you guys ❤

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Michael A Varady said : Guest Report May 05, 2020 at 5:21 PM

Indeed one if the nicest gentleman I have ever met! Always a pleasure to be around and loved his family and friends. You will certainly be missed....

  • Maryland Heights
  • Missouri
Bob said : Guest Report May 05, 2020 at 5:12 PM

Deepest sympathy to the Bittle family my heart goes out to the Bittle family

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Dennis & Kay Tribout said : Guest Report May 05, 2020 at 4:39 PM

Our deepest condolences.

  • Swansea
  • Illinois
Angel Minemann said : Guest Report May 05, 2020 at 4:13 PM

I’m so sorry for your loss please accept my deepest sympathy. God bless and keep you. Love ya loads, Angel

  • Red Bud
  • Illinois

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