AITKIN -- Philip C. Hitzeman, 76, Aitkin, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2000, at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center of Crosby.
He was born Oct. 29, 1923, in Cedar to Edward and Emma (Swanson) Hitzeman. He attended country schools near Cedar and high school at St. Francis, graduating in 1941. He attended Mankato State University for a time. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps and served three and a half years, serving time in Europe. He was discharged in 1945 and returned to the Twin Cities to work. He married Martha Sodman on Nov. 29, 1947, in Anoka. He worked for Graco as a quality control engineer from 1965 until his retirement in 1985. They then moved to the Garrison area. He was a member of Light of the Cross Lutheran Church in Garrison and was currently serving as the chairman of the building committee. He was a member of the Garrison VFW Club and served on the VFW Honor Guard. He was also a member of the Spring Lake Park Lions Club.
Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Marie Fuchs, Butte, Mont.; a son, Bruce Hitzeman, River Falls, Wis.; six grandchildren; a great-grandchild; two brothers, Edward Hitzeman, Ocean Park, Wash., and Lee Hitzeman, Aitkin; and a sister, Kay Farmer, Poplar Bluff, Mo.
Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at First Lutheran Church of Aitkin with the Rev. Lynn Broughton officiating. Burial will be in Minnesota Veterans Cemetery of Camp Ripley. Military honors will be provided by Garrison VFW Post.
Friends may call at First Lutheran Church of Aitkin an hour before services Saturday.
Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home of Aitkin.
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