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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Harlin W. Kitch

  • Harlin W. Kitch, 94, of Palmyra, Mo., and formerly of Taylor, Mo., died at 9 a.m. Thursday at Blessing Hospital.
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  • Harlin W. Kitch, 94, of Palmyra, Mo., and formerly of Taylor, Mo., died at  9 a.m. Thursday at Blessing Hospital.
    He was born August 23, 1918 in Steffenville, Missouri, to Horace L. and Iva Mae Winfield Kitch.
    Harlin  married Margaret L. (Peggy) Tufo September 1, 1945, in Readville, Ma.
    He is survived by his wife, Peggy; daughter, Harla (Jim) Friesz of Palmyra; son, John Kitch of Bowling Green, Mo.;  brother, Tom (Mary) Kitch of Quincy; grandchildren, Tom Barnes, Chris Wellman, Candi (Bob) Buckman, Jaime (Dan) Gard, Dusty (Ashlee) Friesz and Jessica Friesz; 12 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.
    Harlin was preceded in death by a daughter, Sandra Newbold; son, Richard Kitch; his parents; sister, Myrtle Kitch; and brother, Vincent Kitch.   
    Harlin had worked as a machinist at Gardner Denver, Inc. in Quincy for 25 years and he retired in 1980. He was a member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.
    He served in the U.S. Navy for six years during World War II. He was on the USS Hanson, USS Sigourney, and USS Arkansas and also served in the African-European, the American, the Asiatic-Pacific, and the Philippine Liberation Campaigns. He was a member of Norfolk- Smith VFW 11101 and Boots-Dickson 174, American Legion, the Mississippi Valley Hunters and Fishermans Association, N.W.T.F., and St. Joseph Catholic Church in Palmyra.  
    A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Palmyra. Father Alex Ekka  will officiate. Interment with military honors will be in Steffenville Cemetery in Steffenville, Missouri.
    Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel in Palmyra. A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at Lewis Brothers.
    Memorial contributions may be made to Great River Honor Flight.
    Pallbearers will be Tom Barnes, Brandon Carter, Dusty Friesz, Will Wilburn, Dan Gard, Bob Buckman, Shelby Wellman and Eric Bond.
    Online condolences may be made at www.lewisbrothersfuneralchapel.com.

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