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Ronald  L. Hittepole
  • The family requests that memorial contributions be made to:
  • New Bremen Fire Foundation
    214 N. Washington St.
    New Bremen, OH 45869
  • St. Paul United Church of Christ Window Restoration Fund
    115 N. Franklin St.
    New Bremen, OH 45869

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“Fond memories of high school days with Ron.Cherish the times we spent catching up on things at class reunions. Ron was a great guy and will be...Read More »
1 of 29 | Posted by: Evelyn Baur - Jefferson City

“Ron's passing has left a huge hole in the Berning/Howe family. As an only child, Ron would often say how blessed he was to marry Marlene and be a...Read More »
2 of 29 | Posted by: JoAnne and Ray Meckstroth - AK

“Marlene & family, my deepest sympathy to you all during your time of sorrow. I have many fond memories of Ron as his friendship with my parents was...Read More »
3 of 29 | Posted by: Jane Maurer-Wyen - Rio Vista, CA

“Marlene and Family, We were so sorry to hear of Ronald's passing. I pray that he was not in any pain, and he went peacefully. Take care of yourself. ”
4 of 29 | Posted by: Jeannette Berning, Jones - FL

“To a great man who was very sweet , funny and loving . My heart and prayers go out to his wife and family he'll be dearly missed ”
5 of 29 | Posted by: Susan Meyer-Swiger - Minster, OH

“To the Hittepole Family, Sorry to hear about the loss of Ron. Worked with him years ago at Stamford. He always had a smile on his face and a good...Read More »
6 of 29 | Posted by: Liz and Monty McDermitt - GA

“Marlene, Vickie, Brenda, Neil and familiesYou have deepest sympathy on your loss..Ron was a wonderful human being and swill be greatly missed ”
7 of 29 | Posted by: Marge Heuker - Minster, OH

“ALWAYS had a kind word and smile. He accompanied Marlene as she would be getting a haircut he would read the paper, and when she was done, smile at...Read More »
8 of 29 | Posted by: Terri Collinsworth - durham, NC

“To Marlene and family: I have never met a nicer, kinder man and friend than Ron. He always had a smile for anyone and everyone and I don't think he...Read More »
9 of 29 | Posted by: Brian Rowland - New Bremen, OH

“Vicki, sorry about the loss of your dad. Hold on to those great memories that you have. ”
10 of 29 | Posted by: Mike Grillot - Franklin, TN

“I'm so sorry to hear of Ron's passing. He was truly one of the nicest guys I've ever met. Always carried a smile and was so genuine. To all of the...Read More »
11 of 29 | Posted by: Charlie Opperman - Bellbrook, OH

“A true gentleman! Ron was such a kind man with a kind heart and a gentle smile. I will forever remember his kind and sweet nature. ”
12 of 29 | Posted by: Joan Schwartz

“Ron left the world a better place with his ready smile, a sincere compliment, or an encouraging word to everyone he met. That legacy lives on...Read More »
13 of 29 | Posted by: Kathy Topp - New Bremen, OH

“Deb and I cannot believe that Ron is gone. No matter what amount of time had passed between your last visit, he was quick to smile and wish you well...Read More »
14 of 29 | Posted by: Dave Heinfeld - Celina, OH

“Marlene & family, Dale & I are so sorry to hear of Ron's passing. Just as everyone else has mentioned, he was always such a kind soul & you could...Read More »
15 of 29 | Posted by: Dale & Sandy Schmitmeyer - OH

“We are so sad to hear of the passing of Ron. Chip had the privilege of working with him for many years and has always revered him as a mentor and...Read More »
16 of 29 | Posted by: Chip & Amy Noykos - Minster, OH

“Dear Marlene and family,Sending our sympathies and prayers. Ron was such a charmer. He had the ability to make people feel special. His smile was...Read More »
17 of 29 | Posted by: Connie Friemering - New Bremen, OH

“Dear Aunt Marlene, Vicki, Brenda and Neil, and your family's, Liz and I are very sorry to hear about Uncle Ron. I can not say this about...Read More »
18 of 29 | Posted by: Tom Berning - High Ridge, MO

“Marlene and family:We are saddened to hear of Ron's passing. Ron always took the time to say hello whenever he saw us and was interested in what was...Read More »
19 of 29 | Posted by: Edward and Anita Sextro - OH

“So sorry to hear about the death of your father, Vicky, and Grandfather, Chris and Andy. All of your family are in our prayers. ”
20 of 29 | Posted by: Deborah and John Burden - Orlando, FL

“I am very sorry to learn of Ron's passing. My best to you Marlene. It was so good to see both of you last winter when I was back in New Bremen. I...Read More »
21 of 29 | Posted by: bob Gilberg - san diego, CA

“Oh my gosh, I am in shock! I just ran into your Mom & Dad last Tuesday at Kroger's, and they both looked so good, and gave me such warm hugs. Your...Read More »
22 of 29 | Posted by: Mark & Terri Doenges - Wapakoneta, OH

“So sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with your family. ”
23 of 29 | Posted by: Cheryl and Roger Barlage

“Marlene & family,So sorry to hear about the loss of your husband/father. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. With our deepest...Read More »
24 of 29 | Posted by: Linda & Lee Dicke - New Bremen, OH

“We were saddened to hear about Ron, Marlene. I always enjoyed talking to him when you guys were with mom & Dad. He always had some nice to say. It...Read More »
25 of 29 | Posted by: Ed & Barb Rump - New Bremen, OH

“We will miss Ron so much! What a great man! Marlene, my heart is with you. I will miss hearing "It's Friday!" ”
26 of 29 | Posted by: Gina Schmitmeyer - Celina, OH

“Dear Marlene & family,Our deepest sympathy to all of you -Ron was an outstanding person -great husband, father, grandfather, friend. He will be...Read More »
27 of 29 | Posted by: Pat D'Alessio - Melbourne, FL

“NealSo sorry for the loss of your father. Our hearts go out to you! Thoughts and prayers for peace and comfort! ”
28 of 29 | Posted by: Gary and Lynn Lewis - Troy, OH

“I am so sorry for your loss. I always liked Ron. Always kind, always a good word. A few years ago, when I was in New Bremen, I had the good fortune...Read More »
29 of 29 | Posted by: Fred Fryberger


Of New Bremen, died on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 8:29 A.M. at the Lima Memorial Hospital, Lima, Ohio. He was born on July 18, 1937 in New Bremen, the son of the late Adrian C. and Leverta B. (Kettler) Hittepole. On March 8, 1956 he married Marlene L. Berning in Dayton, Ohio, and she survives in New Bremen. Also surviving are his children Vicki (Michael) Brackman of New Bremen, Brenda (David) Utz of New Bremen, and Neal (Andrea) Hittepole of Troy, Ohio; his grandchildren Chris (Loresa) Burden, Andy (Sarah) Burden, Michael (Stefanie) Brackman, Scott Brackman, Jeff (Liz) Utz, Tony (Kristina) Utz, Kyle (Ashlee) Utz, Courtney Hittepole, and nine great-grandchildren. Along with his parents, Ron was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Katie Utz.

Ron was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in New Bremen, where he held several offices of the church over the years. He was a 1955 graduate of New Bremen High School. He worked at the former STAMCO of New Bremen for 42 years, retiring in 2000 as the Repair Sales Manager. He was a member of the Tuesday Night Poker group, the New Bremen Historic Association, and the former Lions Club of New Bremen. He and Marlene loved to entertain their family and friends. Together they enjoyed dancing and traveling over the years on various golf trips, and family vacations to Rice Lake and Lake Cumberland. He was very proud, supportive, and loving of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Ron was a friend to everyone, and never knew a stranger. He always had a compliment and a kind word to give to everyone that he met.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Monday, August 8, 2016 at 10:30 A.M. at St. Paul United Church of Christ in New Bremen with the Rev. Becky Erb Strang officiating. Inurnment will take place in the Willow Grove Cemetery of New Bremen following the services. The family will receive friends on Sunday, August 7, 2016 from 2:00 until 6:00 P.M. at the Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home, and one hour prior to the services on Monday at the church. Contributions in memory of Ron can be made to the New Bremen Fire Foundation, or St. Paul U.C.C. Window Restoration Fund. Condolences to the Hittepole family may be left online at