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(Sep 12, 2012)

ROBERT ARDEN BITTENBENDER of Proctorville, Ohio, after 91 full and rewarding years, has been taken from us on Monday, September 10, 2012, after a short illness. "Arden" was born on October 21, 1920, in Berwick, Pa., the son of Warren E. and Catherine Bittenbender of Lime Ridge. He attended college at Wilkes Barre College. He served in the Army Air Force during World War II, seeing action in the Pacific theater. After returning from the front, he went to work as an accountant at the American Car and Foundry (ACF) plant in Berwick, Pa., he married his childhood sweetheart, Betty Jane Sorber, and they built a house and settled in Lime Ridge, and raised a son David Bittenbender and a daughter Amy Martin. He spent his entire career at ACF, and in 1963 was transferred to the Huntington, W.Va., ACF plant to assume responsibility for the management of the corporation's entire Data Processing operation, the position from which he ultimately retired. Arden was one of four siblings, his brother Clair Bittenbender and sisters Iva Cope and Irene Tingly preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife Betty; his son David and David's wife Catherine Scharff; his daughter Amy Martin; grandchildren D. Michael Bittenbender, Stephen Murray and Beth Murray Spencer; and numerous great-grandchildren who continuously brought new pleasures into his life. He was a devout Christian and a devoted family man. He was a respected member and official of the Lime Ridge Methodist Church and subsequently of the Community of Grace Methodist Church, formerly the 20th Avenue Methodist Church in Huntington, W.Va. In Lime Ridge, he was in the forefront of Cub Scout and Boy Scout leadership, assuming the role of both Cub-Master and Scout-Master during his residence there. His strong, confident but low-key manner was a steadying influence on both his family and his associates, and he will be sorely missed by all who knew him. There will be a visitation 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, September 12, 2012, at Hall Funeral Home, Proctorville, Ohio. A graveside service will be held by Minister Eddie Cope 10 a.m. Friday, September 14, 2012, at Elan Memorial Park, Lime Ridge, Pa., where he will be laid to rest next to his father-in-law and mother-in-law in the family plot. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.timeformemory.com/hall.

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