Gerald Ray Bitner
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Gerald Ray Bitner
  • October 10, 1943 - December 19, 2017
  • Tucson, Arizona

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Gerald "Jerry" Bitner, age 75, passed away December 19, 2017 at his home in Tucson, Arizona with his family by his side.
Jerry was raised in Indiana and graduated from Griffith High School. Following high school, Jerry attended Indiana University. In 1966, he earned a MBA from the Indiana University School of Business. Jerry was a licensed CPA in both the states of Arizona and Indiana. His career experiences included being Audit manager at Arthur Young & Company, co-founding an accounting firm that then merged with Coopers Lybrand accounting firm, a national CPA firm, and then co-founding Bitner & Collings, PLLC, a local Tucson CPA firm.
Jerry was a long-standing member and former officer of the Arizona State Society of Certified Public Accountants and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
He served in the Army National Guard for 10 years during his residence in Indiana/Illinois.
This year, Jerry & Sallie celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Jerry was a selfless, kind and quiet man with a heart of gold. Although his work was his passion, he put his family and friends before anything. He adored his Yorkshire Terriers, Baby and Zoey, who were spoiled by him on a daily basis.
Jerry is survived by his loving wife, Sallie; daughters; Stephanie Bitner (Tucson) and Amie Bitner Gazda & Tom Gazda (Scottsdale), and his son, Jonathan Bitner. His grandchildren: Jagger Bitner and Gage Walker & great grandson, Aidan Bitner - all residents of Arizona. Jerry's brother, Jim Bitner; niece- Donna Bitner and great-nephew; Joshua Bitner - all residents of Illinois.

A celebration of Jerry's life will be held on Wednesday, December 27th at 4PM at East Lawn Palms Mortuary, 5801 E. Grant Rd. Tucson, AZ 85712.

Contributions may be made in Jerry's memory to American Cancer Society www.cancer.org
or Humane Society of Southern Arizona www.hssaz.org