Wesley Turner Bitzer
Wesley Turner Bitzer
  • October 3, 1928 - February 22, 2017
  • South Charleston, West Virginia

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Wesley Turner Bitzer Jr., 88, went peacefully to be with the Lord on February 22. He was born in Dry Branch to the late Dorothy Plaskett Bitzer and Wesley Turner Bitzer Sr. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 62 years Bonnie Bitzer, and sister Anne Nasits of Atlanta, TX.

He is survived by two sons Richard Douglas Bitzer and wife Cindy of South Charleston, Jeffrey Dale Bitzer and wife Tina of Johnson City, TN; four grandchildren Douglas Wesley (Courtney) Bitzer of WV, Leah Bitzer (Nick) Creathers of WV, Lorrie Bitzer (Phillip) Reustle of WV, and Jessica (Brett) Compton of VA; ten great grandchildren Aerilyn, Bryson, Ryder and Stetsen Bitzer, Sydney Creathers, Noah, Wesley and Brandon Reustle, and Easton and Averie Compton.

Wesley graduated from DuPont High School and Colorado School of Mines. He spent most of his career working as a mining engineer for Carbon Industries, and then taught mining at West Virginia Tech for ten years before retiring.

His life greatly impacted those around him, especially his family. He loved his wife Bonnie even more after 62 years than he did when they were high school sweethearts. He loved being with grandkids and great-grandkids, and family get-togethers were always special, especially around Christmas. He loved keeping in touch with friends and DuPont alumni. He was kind and generous, a man of integrity and character. He attended Bible Center Church for many years.

Funeral services will be at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 25 at the Bible Center Church, with Pastor Richard Thompson officiating. Visitation will be prior to the service from 1:00 until 3:00. Entombment will follow at Graceland Memorial Park, South Charleston.

The family would like to sincerely thank the wonderful caregivers at Angel Avenue in Teays Valley, Good Living in Malden, and Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Bible Center Church, 100 Bible Center Drive, Charleston, WV 25309.