Greece NY: Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at age 87. A loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He is predeceased by his daughter Pamela Kittle. He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, June (Gross) Kittle; children Eileen Clark, William Kittle, Gordon (Marla) Kittle, Stephanie (Tad) Peters, Stephen (Melanie) Kittle; grandchildren Dawn Mulcock, Paul (Amy) Clark, Shawna Kittle, Alyson (Antoni) Bergen, Melanie Kittle, Holly Clark, Robin Clark, Jennifer (Jeff) Howard; 12 great grandchildren.
To say he was the greatest Father and Grandfather might just be an understatement. He lived an incredible life; not just in years but in experiences. He was born during the “Roaring 20’s” and prohibition. He witnessed the “Great Depression,” “World War II,” the first use of Nuclear weapons, and the cold war. He enlisted in the US Navy, where he fought in the Korean War, and only recently admitted to being a “Seabee,” the pre-curser to the Navy SEALS. He witnessed the Vietnam War, the Civil rights movement and desegregation, the “Bay of Pigs,” the assignation of JFK, and the first man to walk on the moon. He lived through “Watergate” and saw an actor become President. He watched as the Berlin Wall fell, when the US invaded Iraq in Desert Storm, and the war in Bosnia. He witnessed the 9-11 attacks which lead to the war against Al-Qaeda and Bin Laden in Afghanistan, and the second invasion in Iraq leading to the fall of Saddam Hussein. He also was able to witness the first minority President; the entire time raising five children, eight grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.
He wasn’t the richest, or most famous. He wasn’t the smartest or the strongest. What he was, was so much more. He always made his family feel loved; he could always make you laugh or smile. His character and charisma could take over any room at any time, and anyone that has ever spent time with him or had a conversation could tell you that. He was, and always will be legendary as a man, a father, a grandfather, and a great grandfather. There will never be another person like him. There will never be another Ralph Paul Kittle. We feel blessed to have had the privilege of knowing and loving him.
A private family memorial will be held January 21, 2017.
Memorial donations may be made in Ralph’s name to Hildebrandt Hospice Care Center, 2652 Ridgeway Ave, Rochester, NY 14626.
My prayers to the family. I am sorry for your loss.
We all send our condolences to the Kittle family for there loss.
So sorry for your loss. He was truly a genuine gentleman husband,father and grandfather. My heart goes out to all of you, love you all !!!
I will always remember Ralph with that kind face, smile and humor. When I asked if I could call him Dad at a Christmas celebration many years ago, he answered… Well it’s about time. <3 Whenever I think of him, I smile.
So so sorry for you loss. Praying for your family
Thoughts and prayers to your entire family as you celebrate a life so well-lived. May your fondest memories bring you peace and comfort.
Sorry for your loss. May God be with your family.
Tad and Stephanie, and family,
Peace be with you as you endure this most difficult time.
Randy and Kay
God gained another hero on his team. Our prayers are for you.
He will always be in your heart…much love, Jim and Laurie
Dear Steve and Family,
What a lovely tribute, sending lots of love your way.