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Larry M. Kitterman

July 25, 1943 — May 31, 2023

Wyomissing, PA

Larry M. Kitterman

 

Larry Melvin Kitterman, 79, passed away in his home on Wednesday, May 31, 2023 surrounded by his loving family. Larry was born born July 25, 1943 in Corvallis, Oregon to Mildred (Thorn) and Melvin W. Kitterman and raised in nearby Philomath, Oregon.

 

Larry was the husband of Patricia (Preston) Kitterman, who passed away on April 6, 2022, having been married 55 years. After graduating at the top of his class from Naval boot camp, Larry was stationed in Philadelphia as a medic where he met his wife, Pat.

 

Larry spent his 50 year+ career in technical support and management of film packaging as a Certified Quality Engineer, working for Boyertown Packaging, Hargro Flexible Packaging, and D. Thomas + Associates. His last position at D. Thomas involved extensive travel around the country in support of food packaging and manufacturing facilities. That travel extended into his life with Pat, as they did numerous ocean and river cruises throughout Europe.

 

The medical issue in the past 8 months curtailed an active lifestyle. It was only through the love and advocacy efforts of his daughters, Michele and Jennifer, that he was able to navigate these medical, physical and psychological demands. And right behind them were his grandchildren: Connor, Morgan and Mia. Larry was immensely proud of their accomplishments in academic studies, music, theater performance, and photo art, and knew that the future bodes well for all three.

 

His two passions were running and golf. He ran for more than 35 years, completing 16 marathons, including the Boston and Marine Corps Marathons. He enjoyed weekend runs and occasional beer consumption with a small group known as “The Rocket Ass Track Club”. The name was certainly a misnomer based on their being not so fleet of feet.

 

Once he retired, he joined the thrice weekly golf team matches at Golden Oaks Golf Course. His enjoyment of the game was only enhanced by the camaraderie and trash talking with a group of like-minded guys, even though, with a few exceptions, not many spent enough time on the practice range.

 

Larry was highly involved at Holy Cross United Methodist Church, where he enjoyed playing in the bell choir, singing in the choir, and was a Trustee.

 

Larry is survived by his daughters, Michele L. Rossi, of Lititz, and Jennifer A. Flannery, wife of Clay of Downingtown; grandchildren, Connor, Morgan and Mia; sister, Linda Standeven, wife of Jack, of Adair Village, Oregon; sister-in-law Ellen Kitterman, widow of Ron; and many cousins, nephews and nieces.

 

A memorial service will take place on Tuesday,  June 27, 2023 at Holy Cross United Methodist Church, 329 North 5th Street, Reading; visitation from 10:00-11:00 a.m. and service to be held at 11:00. Inurnment  will be held privately at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes contributions to be made in Larry’s memory to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation at 230 East Ohio Street, Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60611 or online at pulmonaryfibrosis.org.   Bean Funeral Homes & Crematory 3825 Penn Ave. Sinking Spring is in charge of arrangements and online condolences may be made at www.beanfuneralhomes.com

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