Rudolph Bittner


January 26, 1926 - October 26, 2020


Rudolph Bittner, 94, of Mitchell, SD, died Monday, October 26, 2020 at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital. Funeral services will be 10:00 AM Thursday, November 12, 2020 at Grace Reformed Church in Mitchell. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery in Mitchell. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM Wednesday, November 11 at Bittner Funeral Chapel with a 6:30 PM prayer service. The family requests masks are worn. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

A live-stream of the funeral service may be viewed at:

Rudolph Bittner was born January 26, 1926 in Emery, SD to Carl and Emelia (Kost) Bittner. He was raised and educated in the Emery area. Rudolph entered the Army on January 19, 1945 and was honorably discharged August of 1946.

On September 25, 1949 he married Shirley Broeckel of McCusky, ND.

He farmed from 1950-1976 near Alexandria, SD. In 1977 they moved to Aberdeen, SD where he worked for John Evelo for a few years. Later on he owned and operated a janitorial service with his son Lowell and wife, for many years. Rudolph retired in 1998 and moved back to Mitchell a year later. He worked for the Daily Republic delivering papers in his retirement.

Rudolph was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was also a member of the Grace Reformed Church.

Rudolph is survived by his wife, Shirley of Mitchell, SD; 2 sons, Owen Bittner (special friend Joann Prieheim) of Marion, SD and Lowell (Rhonda) Bittner of Sioux Falls, SD; 2 granddaughters, Amy (Kris) Fauth of Omaha, NE and Kelsey (Darrel) Grimm of Sioux Falls, SD; 2 great-grandsons, Brady and Evan Fauth; and brother Loren (Jayne) Bittner of Sioux Falls, SD.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Alan Bittner; 4 brothers; and grandson, Dustin.



Wednesday, November 11, 2020
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
6:30 PM Prayer Service

Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Thursday, November 12, 2020
10:00 AM
Grace Reformed Church
1021 S Davison St
Mitchell, SD 57301



Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, SD

Posted by LuAnn and Brad Severson on November 12, 2020
We pray for comfort to you Aunt Shirley, Lowell, Rhonda, Amy, Owen, Kelsey and families. May God provide you with comfort in the tough days ahead. The tribute video provided me with seeing pictures that I had never seen before including Aunt Shirley and Uncle Rudy during what looked to be maybe when they were dating! Wonderful to see.
Posted by Gail and Rich Meyer on November 10, 2020
What a great tribute the video is to Uncle Rudy and Aunt Shirley! Thank you for sharing the memories. He will be greatly missed.
Posted by Linda & Rob Scholten on November 10, 2020
Our sympathy to Aunt Shirley, Owen, Lowell & Rhonda, & family. I have good memories of visiting with Uncle Rudy & Aunt Shirley over the years.
Posted by Gary and Nancy Kiefer on November 10, 2020
Our deepest of sympathies to Shirley and the rest of the family. Our prayers go with all of you!! Wish we could have been there with you. Love you all!
Posted by Alvin Plagmann Family - Craig, Cheryl and Carol on November 9, 2020
Our deepest sympathy to Shirley, Owen, Lowell and families. We have many fun memories of growing up and visiting back and forth as neighbors. The laughter of Rudy, Shirley, Alvin and Delores rang through the house as they played cards and visited. May all the memories you share bring you comfort and a smile during the days ahead. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Posted by Ken and ReEtta on November 5, 2020
Thinking of you! Our sympathy to Aunt Shirley and boys.
Posted by Dan & DJ Bahmuller on November 4, 2020
Our deepest sympathy to Rudy's family.
Posted by Paul and Carol Huff on November 3, 2020
Many thoughts and Prayers to the Bittner Family. So sorry for your loss..
Posted by Arrmin and Arlene Kost on October 31, 2020
You have our sympathy at this time.
Posted by Norwin and Peggy on October 29, 2020
Rest In Peace.uncle Rudy. Sympathy to Shirley and the boys
Posted by Linda Wagner on October 29, 2020
My deepest sympathy to Shirley and families. I have found memories of growing up as neighbors and the friendship Rudy and my dad shared.
Posted by Milton and Lovella Schrader on October 28, 2020
The Rudolph Bittner family were close friends of Lovella’s family (Triebwasser) and close neighbors of our farm where we still live. He was also a board member of our country school Taylor no 4. We extend our sympathy to his family and may his memory comfort and give you peace until you meet again.
Posted by Debra Hohn on October 27, 2020
My sincere sympathies to the Bittner family.
Posted by Dorothy Heitzman on October 27, 2020
I have good memories of Rudy and Melvern having early morning coffee meetings. You have my Sysympathy and hello to the boys
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