HUNTINGDON - Dr. Robert "Bob" White Kitting, 88, of 20 Oneida Heights, Huntingdon, went to be with the Lord at 10:20 p.m. on Monday, July 29, 2013, at his residence.
Born on Jan. 28, 1925, in Lewistown, he was a son of the late Dr. Robert C. Kitting and Zelda (White) Kitting. He was united in marriage to the former Jane Wagner Metz in June 1948, at the West Kishacoquillas Presbyterian Church, Belleville. Mrs. Kitting survives at their residence.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by: one daughter, the Rev. Deborah Metz (Kitting) Sluder of Huntingdon; two grandchildren, Jonathan Michael Sluder and his wife, Dr. Sarah Prince, of Atlanta, and Addie Elizabeth (Sluder) Hall and her husband, James Stephen Hall, of Birmingham, Ala.; one great-granddaughter, Sydney Alice Hall, of Birmingham; a brother, Dr. James White Kitting, and his wife, Joan (Good) Kitting, of Reedsville and Morganton, N.C.; and nieces and nephews, Ann (Metz) Thompson, of Belleville, George Lewis Thompson and his wife Anne (Hynson) Thompson, of Harrisburg, J. William Rumbaugh, and his wife, Susan (Brown) Rumbaugh, of Huntingdon, Robert K. Rumbaugh Jr., and his wife, Mary (Heffernan) Rumbaugh, of Mechanicsburg, Kathryn (Kitting) Jacobs and her husband, Charles Leonard Jacobs, of China Grove, N.C., Laurie (Kitting) Toman, of Morganton, N.C., Melissa Anne Cranor, of Bend, Ore., Victoria (Hazard) Cranor, of Montecito, Calif., and John R. Cranor Jr., of Milton Freewater, Ore.
He was a former member of the Pennsylvania and Georgia Podiatric Medical Associations, American Podiatric Association and Hospital Podiatrists.
Dr. Kitting was a 1943 graduate of Belleville Vocational High School. He received his premedical degrees from Cedarville College, Ohio, and Ohio State University. He received his DPM degree from Temple University, Philadelphia, in 1954, and interned at the Philadelphia General Hospital. He served his surgical residency at Atlanta Hospital and Drs. Hospital in Atlanta.
Following high school, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II from July 1943 to February 1946 with Battery A 131st Antiaircraft Artillery Gun Battalion in the European Theater of Operations and received four Bronze Stars, attaining the rank of private first class.
Dr. Kitting practiced podiatry as a sole proprietor in Clearfield, was subsequently employed by Peachtree Podiatric Group, Atlanta, and after returning to Lewistown, operated a podiatry practice with his brother, Dr. James Kitting, until his retirement in 1999.
Dr. Kitting was a member of the Allensville Presbyterian Church.
He was a member of the McVeytown Lodge No. 376 F&AM, Valley of Harrisburg, AASR, Jaffa Temple AAONMS, Altoona, Stroup-Alexander VFW Post No. 5935, Belleville, where he served as sergeant-at-arms for 10 years, American Legion Post No. 6 and BPOE No. 540, both of Clearfield.
In his earlier years, Dr. Kitting enjoyed equestrian activities, woodworking, golf and hunting.
A public graveside funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at Allensville Presbyterian Cemetery, Big Valley Pike, Menno Township, Allensville, with the Rev. Deborah K. Sluder officiating and prayer by Pastor George C. "Buddy" Baird. Interment will follow.
At the request of Dr. Kitting, there will be no public viewing or visitation.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in remembrance of Dr. Robert White Kitting may be made to Huntingdon County Humane Society, 11371 School House Hollow Road, Huntingdon, PA 16652 or Home Nursing Agency Hospice, 9492 William Penn Highway, Suite 1, Huntingdon, PA 16652.
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