Robert F. Kitko Sr., 74, Houtzdale, died early Monday morning at Altoona Regional Health System, Altoona Hospital Campus.
He was born in Tubbs Crossing, Madera, son of the late Andrew H. and Margaret K. (Trella) Kitko. He married Carol Lee Bungo on Jan. 17, 1964, in Winchester, Va.
Surviving are his wife of 47 years; a daughter, Sabrina and husband, Michael Riling, of Hollidaysburg; three sons: Robert F. Jr. and wife, Lisa Marie (Tiesi), C. Mark and wife, Lisa Ann (Hicks), and Andrew G. and wife, Cassandra (Thompson), all of Houtzdale; and five grandchildren: Sarah, Tess, Nicholas, Alexander and Michael Kitko.
Robert F. Kitko Sr.
Also surviving are 12 siblings: Lorraine Snyder of Ramey, Margaret "Peg" Fundack of Smokerun, Tess Hansel and husband, Gerard, of Houtzdale, Ken Sr. and wife, Clementine "Tina," of Houtzdale, Thomas and wife, Francis, of Tubbs Crossing, Madera, Rose Butterworth and husband, Jack, of Philipsburg, Mary Kitko of Ramey, Becky Kaspick and husband, Thomas, of Braselton, Ga., Andrew of Ramey, Beverly "Bonnie" Bezilla and husband, Ronald, of Houtzdale, Patricia Maxwell and husband, Rick, of Philipsburg and Noreen Deslongchamp and husband, Dennis, of Latrobe; two sisters-in-law: Mary Ann Kitko of Beccaria and Norma Kitko of Glen Hope; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by two brothers: John "Jack" and Donald; three brothers-in-law: Andrew Fundack, Clair Snyder and Charles Matea; two nephews: Dennis Fundack and Charles Matea III; and his parents-in-law: George and Clara (Finney) Bungo.
Robert served in the U.S. Army and the Utah Reserve from 1956-64 and co-owned and operated Kitko Wood Products of Glen Hope. He started Kitko Wood Products in the late 1950s as a wheelbarrow handle business. It began with four employees, Mr. Kitko, Ken Kitko Sr., Val Matia and Kenny Wilson, then grew to more than 100 employees and numerous subcontractors. He established many relationships with fellow leaders in the wood product industry. The company incorporated in 1963 and has been a cornerstone in Glen Hope ever since.
Robert was a parishioner of Christ the King Catholic Church, Houtzdale. He was a charter member of Houtzdale Cub Scout Pack 51, Bucktail Council. He was a supporter of Clearfield County 4-H, numerous baseball and softball teams ranging from T-Ball to the Mountain League, Moshannon Valley baseball and several soccer teams.
He enjoyed traveling and vacationing at Captiva and Sanibel Islands. He also enjoyed his trips to Disney World with his children and grandchildren.
Friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. today and 8 to 9:15 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011, at Kruise Funeral Home Inc., Ramey, where the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, St. Victoria's Court 646, and the Christ the King Rosary Society will recite the Rosary at 3:30 p.m. today.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at Christ the King Catholic Church, Houtzdale, the Very Rev. Joseph P. Staszewski as celebrant.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 440 W. Front St., Clearfield, PA 16830; Madera Volunteer Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 175, Madera, PA 16661; Clearfield County 4-H; or Houtzdale Cub Scout Pack 51.
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