Kenneth Dean Bittner, a beloved granddad, father, and friend, has sadly passed away at the age of 69. Born on November 10, 1953, in Washington DC, Kenny was kind to all who had the pleasure of knowing him. His friends and family are deeply saddened by his loss, but they find peace in the many fond memories of him.
Outside of his profession as a Correctional Officer at MCI, Kenneth had a multitude of interests that brought him joy. He was an avid collector of record albums, played baseball with local leagues, and bargain shopping at yard sales. Additionally, he had a deep love for military history, reading all the non-fiction books he found.
He graduated from Boonsboro High School, class of 1972, where he excelled in football, achieving multiple records and commendations. It was during this time that he met his high school sweetheart, Barbara Ellen Itnyre. Barb passed away July 14, 2006, she was a beloved wife and mother to 4 daughters and 1 son.
Throughout his life, Kenny sacrificed his time and himself for his five children: Kelly M. Crissman (Wayne), Stacey M. McCrady (Travis), Shannon N. Brown (Dugald), Kristy L. Edwards (Jesse), and Kyle W. Bittner. He encouraged each of his children to be strong, resourceful, and independent. He never stopped loving his kids.
In later years, Kenny found happiness in the companionship of Rebecca A. Cavanaugh, a partner-in-life who brought him immense joy and comfort. Their love and connection were true sources of happiness for Kenneth, providing him with strength.
Kenny had an incredible sense of humor. He loved to joke around, but most of all, he cherished the time he spent with his grandsons Malcolm and Ryker.
Among the many cherished memories shared by his children, one in particular stands out. They fondly remember spending time at the beach, creating unforgettable moments filled with laughter and joy. Rebecca, especially, holds dear the memory of Kenny's selflessness when he rescued a cat during a snowstorm, and then needed rescueing himself.
Kenneth Dean Bittner passed away peacefully in his sleep at his residence on November 9, 2023. While our hearts ache with grief and regret over this immeasurable loss, we find comfort in knowing that he will be forever remembered as a loving father, devoted partner-in-life, and a friend who brought endless laughter into our lives.
Kenny is survived by his children and their spouses, his grandchildren—Malcolm and Ryker Crissman; Declan, Lorelei, and Avelyn McCrady; Payton Brown; Jesse Leon Edwards; and Kaydence and Sylis Bittner. He is also survived by his mother, Barbara Jo Bittner and his siblings—Brandy Schuyler (Michael), Sheree Bittner (Robert), Daiquiri Sisson, and Burgundy Sheridan.
May Kenny rest in peace.