Delbert D. “Pat” Bitler, 87, of Hersey, passed away Friday, November 30, 2012 at his home. He was born March 1, 1925 in Mt. Pleasant to Percy and Flossie (Keysor) Bitler and attended schools in Mt. Pleasant and Reed City, graduating from Reed City High School in 1943. He served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946 in Europe and the Pacific theater. He married Dorothy Morlock on October 4, 1946. Pat had managed the Sears store in Big Rapids for many years. He attended Hersey United Methodist Church, and was a member of V.F.W. Post #2964 in Reed City. He enjoyed hunting, gardening, and was an avid card player. He is survived by his wife Dorothy, 1 son, David (LeAnn) Bitler of Manistee; 2 daughters, Jane (Bill) Torry of Big Rapids, and Carol (Ken) Ladd of Evart; 6 grandchildren, Billy (Michelle) Torry, Marcy (Derrick) Jaques, Nichole Ladd Boland, Darrick (Michelle) Ladd, Joel (Emily) Bitler, and Corey (Justine) Bitler; 7 great grandchildren; and also 1 brother, Larry (Marge) Bitler of Mississippi and 1 sister, Karen (Pat) McKinney of Reed City. He was preceded in death by 2 sisters, Margaret and Joy, and 1 brother, Dale. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 4 at the Hersey United Methodist Church with Rev. Lem Granada officiating. Burial with Military Honors will be in Hersey Village Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday, December 3 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at McDowell Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church. Anyone wishing to make a contribution in Pat’s name may consider giving to the Hersey United Methodist.