|Birth: ||Jun. 7, 1929|
|Death: ||Aug. 26, 2010|
Ivan Leon Kitzmiller, resident of Bisbee, AZ since 1993 died of congestive heart failure at Peppi's House Hospice in Tucson. His body was interred at a private grave-side service at Evergreen Cemetery in Bisbee on August 28th, 2010.
Ivan was born on the evening of June 7, 1929 in Pontiac, MI in the home of his parents. He weighed less than 2 pounds, and the physician who delivered him told his parents that Ivan would not live through the night.
Ivan died on August 26, 2010 at 81 years of age, about 7 years longer than the average American male and almost 2 years longer than the average American female. Therefore he lived longer than most Americans.
Ivan is survived by his wife (the former Mary Harper) his sister (Barbara Locher of White Lake, Michigan), and his younger brother (Ronald Kitzmiller of Merrill, Michigan)
Ivan and Mary Louis Harper were married for over 52 years and had no children, but they were graced with outstanding nieces and nephews.
Ivan was a sociology professer. He taught at the University of Illinois and later became chairman of the sociology department at California Western University in San Diego. This was a beautiful ocean-front campus, which was later sold to the Nazarene Church and became Point Loma Collage.
Prior to returning to school to work on his master's and Ph. D., Ivan was vice-president and general manager of Kelly Foundry in Pontiac, MI.
Ivan was also an ordained minister and pastor. He was noted for his seminars on Bible prophecy at evangelical churches. However, Ivan never allowed fees to be charged to those who attended the seminars he led.
While in San Diego, he was owner and manager of a Christian bookstore. Ivan opened the store primarily to buy books for himself at a discount. However, it grew into a successful business in a major shopping center.
Ivan's private book collection also grew into one of the largest Bible-prophecy libraries in the US, and he continued to add to it until he was confined to a nursing home.
Ivan and Mary moved to their retirement home in Bisbee in 1993, and Mary began serving as a substitute teacher for the Bisbee, Palominas, Naco, Sierra Vista, and Tombstone School Districts, while Ivan continued volunteer work with the local churches.
Those wishing to donate in memory of Ivan can either give to the Kitzmiller Scholarship Fund by writing a check to the Church of Palominas and mailing it to PO Box 5, Hereford, AZ 85615, or by donating to their own favorite charity.
A public memorial service will be held for Ivan Leon Kitzmiller on Saturday, September 18, 2010 at the San Jose Southern Baptist Church at 1681 S Naco Hwy in Bisbee, AZ at 10 am.
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Created by: Jody McLane
Record added: Feb 11, 2014
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