Goglin Funeral Home, Tripp
Sunday December 27th, 2009
3:00pm - 8:00pm
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Delbert Vilas Bitterman
PLEASE NOTE that due to the blizzard, Delbert's services have been rescheduled for Sunday and Monday, with the visitation and prayer service on Sunday and the funeral service on Monday. All of the same service times apply.
Rev. Michael J. Jacobson
Organist ~ Monica Jacobson
“How Great Thou Art”
“Just As I Am”
Delbert Vilas Bitterman was born Friday, July 31, 1936 near Delmont, South Dakota on the family farm where he would live and work his entire life. His parents were Emanuel and Martha (Ruff) Bitterman. He was raised on the family farm and attended Choteau Creek Country School through the 8th grade. He served with the 155th Engineer Company of the South Dakota Army National Guard, based in Wagner. Delbert was united in marriage to Eilene Winckler on October 1, 1967 at the United Church of Christ in Scotland. In addition to farming, Delbert spent many hours in his shop, always working on a project or inventing something. He also sold seed for Hoegemeyer Hybrids for over 20 years. In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing and hunting with his friends and family. Most of all, Delbert loved the time he spent talking to and visiting with people. He was a member of Hope Lutheran Church in Delmont, where he served on the church council and as the Sunday school superintendent. Delbert took an active role in the Delmont community. He was a member of the Delmont American Legion Post #249, served 15 years on the Delmont and Tripp-Delmont School Boards, served on the board of the Good Samaritan Society of Tripp, was a past President of the Delmont Community Club, and was a member of the Twin Rivers Old Iron Association and the Tripp Lake Association. Delbert died suddenly on Monday, December 21, 2009 at Avera St. Benedict Health Center in Parkston, South Dakota, having attained the age of 73 years, 4 months and 20 days.
Delbert’s memory will be cherished by his wife, Eilene Bitterman of rural Delmont; four children: David (Mary) Bitterman of Delmont, Douglas Bitterman of Delmont, Donna (Bill) Soulek of Delmont and Darold (Sara) Bitterman of Tripp; four grandchildren: Elizabeth, Austin, Isaac and Andrew; and two brothers: Donald (Clara) Bitterman of Delmont and Dale (Terri) Bitterman of Parkston.
In addition to his parents, Delbert was preceded in death by a sister in infancy.
Ray & Sherry Hansen Jan 14 2010 5:37 AM
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. Delbert will be missed by all those who knew him. I know that I for one will miss chatting with him after church and seeing him at all the Delmont events when I make it home. My condolences to all the members of the Bitterman family. May his laughter ring through heaven as it did here on earth.
Teresa Campbell (Baier) Jan 8 2010 8:55 AM
Dearest Bitterman family, We were so saddened to hear of the loss of Delbert!We have known Delbert and the "Bitterman clan" for quite some time now!Delbert definately had the "gift of gab!!" Delbert was such a kind, caring, and thoughtful man! Eileen and him obviousely did an outstanding job raising their children. They are all very good people! I had some pictures taken of my sister Sara, Delbert and I at Dave and Mary's wedding... Many treasured memories!! Delbert would always take the time to visit with you. No matter the circumstances!!I will share a memory that sticks out in my mind of Delbert: It was at Bill and Donna"s wedding reception...I was pregnant with our second child,Evan; and very much over due... looking a little pathetic with the swollen ankels and "woddle" that all go along with pregnany... anyways Delbert saw that Grant and I made it... and he came over to greet us. Delbert gave me a big hug and then put both of his hands on my shoulers and looked at me directley in the eyes...(he had tears welling up in his eyes).. he then proceded to "thank us" for coming to the wedding and sharing in that very special day! That is the kind of man Delbert was!!!! He will be greatley missed by many friends and family!!!! With Deepest Sympathy, The Derdall's Vern, Grant, Mason and Evan
Vernette, Grant, Mason and Evan Derdall Dec 29 2009 4:14 PM
I just learned of Delbert's passing and wanted to extend my sympathy and prayers. I remember the times that your Mother was at the Good Samaritan Center and we would visit. Memories of family times together are special.
Irene Mehlhaff Dec 29 2009 3:52 PM
Dearest Bitterman family, You have our condolences. The "tractor pull crew" will be short one crew member-Delbert! We are so happy that we went on that trip to Branson so many years ago and our lives were blessed with "Mr. Hoegemeyer"! Eilene, Dale & Terri, you are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless you all.
Ken & Kerrie Porter Dec 29 2009 2:31 PM
Hi everyone, Dad and I have the greatest memories of Delbert, the dinners, hunts and fellowship shared by all in the shed and field. I called Dad from the shed and he and Delbert talked old times for a long time this year. We send our PRAYERS for the entire family. GOD BLESS EVERYONE Bill and Poochie
Bill and Poochie Hidlebaugh Dec 28 2009 7:08 AM
Delbert loved life and he loved Delmont. We are going to be poorer for his leaving us so soon. Delbert was a big help in his work with the Delmont Non-Profit Development Corp, as well as the Delmont Investors. Such a booster of all things Delmont he was! We will miss him.
Terry & Sam Grosz Dec 27 2009 6:27 PM
My thoughts are with your entire family. I remember the first time that I met Delbert at church when I would go with the Fechner's. He definitely lead by example and to see the family he has raised says it all. God Bless, Jake Droge
Jake Droge Dec 27 2009 4:51 PM
My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Delbert was one of the most welcoming persons to me and my family when we moved to the Tripp Good Samaritan Community in 1999. He also gave me the biggest bear hug when we were called to leave in 2006. The love he showed for his Mother was amazing and the love for people in general was to be respected. I know he was welcomed in Heaven with open arms. May God comfort you during these next days. God bless.
Stacy Kern Dec 27 2009 2:50 PM
Delbert was there when I first met my husband Darren Fechner. Lets just say they were all having a early morning breakfast and I had the great pleasure of waiting on them. You could tell by where they were sitting that the "dads" where watching over the boys that night and having a good old time. Delbert made me laugh more then anyone else that was there that morning and to the day he died he always made me feel special! That was just the way he treated people..he made them feel special!! Thank you God for leading me into this amazing family...he was a big part of our family and we will always remember him! We love you. --Heather Fechner
Darren Fechner & Family Dec 27 2009 1:53 PM