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Howard Gittinger
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Birth: Jul. 10, 1887
Lucas County
Iowa, USA
Death: Jun. 10, 1944
Baton Rouge
East Baton Rouge Parish
Louisiana, USA

Husband of Mae Howe. Son of Henry W. Gittinger and Nellie Goltry.


Chariton, Iowa
Thursday, June 15, 1944


Funeral services were held here Monday for Howard Gittinger, 56, with the Rev. Dr. W. H. Meredith, of the Methodist church, in charge. He died at 12:55 o'clock Saturday morning, June 10, 1944, at a Baton Rouge, La., sanitarium following an illness of three weeks. During his final illness he was cared for at the hospital by Mrs. Leonard Gittinger, formerly of Chariton, who was a nurse at the Yocom hospital.

Mr. Gittinger, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Gittinger, of Chariton, had been identified with the Chariton Newspapers for many years prior to his going to Louisiana. He had also been associated with his father, H. W. Gittinger, in the publishing of The Chariton Leader many years ago.

He was educated at the University of Iowa, where he was an outstanding athlete, being named captain of the baseball team in his sophomore year. He went to Louisiana in 1925 to make his permanent residence after having spent some time in that state prior to that time.

At the time of his death he was assistant superintendent of the Baton Rouge State-Times composing room, a position he had held for a number of years.

Active in organized labor, Gittinger was last month named to his eleventh term as secretary of his local typographical union and had been chosen a delegate from his local to the union's national convention in Grand Rapids, Mich., later in the year. He was also an active member of the A. F. & A. M. order.

Services were held in Baton Rouge Saturday afternoon with the Rev. P. P. Werlein, rector of St. James Episcopal church, officiating, assisted by the Rev. J. S. Ditchburn, Episcopal student center pastor at Louisiana State University.

Pallbearers at Baton Rouge were Ed R. Jackson, C. W. Overholt, D. A. Payer, Louis Herthum, Will Cabell and Harry White. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Baton Rouge Typographical Union No. 25 and employees of the State-Times and Morning Advocate.

The body was sent to Chariton for final services and interment in the Russell Cemetery Monday. It was accompanied by Mrs. Gittinger's daughter, Joanne, son, Lt. Howard Gittinger, Jr. and wife, and Mrs. Gittinger's sister, Mrs. Elsie Howe Swanson.

Gittinger is survived by his widow, the former Mae Howe of Chariton; his parents Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Gittinger, Chariton; two sons, Lieut. Howard Gittinger, stationed at Tampa, Fla.; Pvt. Robert Howe Gittinger, somewhere in England; a daughter, Miss Joanne Gittinger, a student at Louisiana State University and a state employee; a sister, Mrs. C. W. Sugden of Des Moines, and by a nephew, Lieut. Thomas Sugden, Washington, D. C., and a niece, Miss Frances Jean Sugden, Des Moines.

Final rites were conducted at the Beardsley Funeral home at 4:30 Monday afternoon. Pallbearers were; D. C. Batten, W. D. Allender, Lewis Curtis, Arle Curtis, Walter Gookin and Dr. A. L. Yocom.

Family links: 
  Henry W. Gittinger (1861 - 1953)
  Nellie Goltry Gittinger (1866 - 1961)
  Mae Howe Gittinger (1888 - 1966)
  Howard Gittinger (1887 - 1944)
  Grace Gittinger Sugden (1889 - 1988)*
  Harley Gittinger (1893 - 1898)*
*Calculated relationship
Russell Cemetery
Lucas County
Iowa, USA
Plot: Section 3 Row 7 South Half Grave 5
Created by: Skip
Record added: Jul 19, 2008
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Howard Gittinger
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Howard Gittinger
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 Added: Jun. 10, 2010

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