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Daniel Hittler

Daniel Lee Hittler

Thursday, May 23rd, 1935 - Wednesday, November 6th, 2019
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Obituary

DANIEL LEE HITTLER,
84, of Cass City, died peacefully on November 6, 2019. He was born May 23, 1935 in Toledo, Ohio to Lawrence and Mary Jane (Sullivan) Hittler. Dan moved with his family to Dearborn, where he graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1953. He earned a BS in mechanical engineering and an MBA from the University of Detroit. He met future wife, Jane Hunter, at a Fourth of July picnic, where she was serendipitously paired with the tallest student there. They were married August 10, 1957 in Mt. Pleasant, a year after Jane graduated from Mercy College. Their first of nine children was born a year later.

After graduating as an ROTC officer, Dan served active duty at Ft. Benning in Columbus, GA. He served in the U.S. Army Reserve for another six and a half years before being honorably discharged.
Dan and Jane moved from Redford to Lathrup Village after the birth of their fifth child. They were active in the St. Bede Catholic Church community, Lathrup Village Swim Club, scouting, University of Detroit Jesuit High School, The Lathrup Village Supper Club, and their children’s many athletic and academic endeavors.
Dan started his career as an automotive engineer at The Ford Motor Company. Three years later, he accepted a position at American Motors Corporation. He culminated his 16-year tenure at AMC as director of the engine engineering group. He was recognized for developing the 4.0 liter, six-cylinder, aluminum engine—a high-performance engine that remained a stalwart of the Jeep line for many years. When AMC was bought by Renault, Dan learned French and traveled frequently to France.

In 1986, Dan accepted a position with the Walbro Corporation and moved his family to Cass City. He ultimately served as chief administrative officer and corporate secretary. After London-based TI Automotive acquired Walbro in 1999, he was named vice president of administrative engineering, overseeing intellectual property. He was a career member of the Society of Automotive Engineers International, served on its board of directors for multiple terms and was elected a Fellow in 1993.

Dan and Jane were highly engaged members of the Cass City community, which they consider home, for 30 years. He was active in Boy Scouting, serving as district chairman and earning the Eagle Scout Court of Honor distinguished service award. He was named to leadership roles in St. Pancratius Catholic Church, Cass City Knights of Columbus, Hills & Dales General Hospital board of trustees, the school district and many local service clubs.

In his free time, Dan loved to play golf, downhill ski, run the annual Cass City 5K race, make wine (and occasionally sip it), keep a meticulously landscaped lawn and be of service to others. He and Jane moved to Caretel of Tri-Cities in 2016, where they are beloved. He was a hero to his kids and will be greatly missed.

Dan is survived by his wife of 62 years, Jane Aquin (Hunter) Hittler; nine children, William (Donna Watz) Hittler of Plymouth, MN; Anne (Scott Taylor) Hunter of Nellysford, VA; Joan (Joseph) Hammell of Minneapolis, MN; John (Radhika Mohandas) Hittler of San Jose, CA; Paul Hittler of Bloomfield Hills; David (Laura) Hittler of Magnolia, TX; Robert Hittler of Perrysburg, OH; Mary (Daniel) Scott of Lathrup Village; Karen (Brian) Nicolay of Advance, NC; and sisters Susan (William) Child and Mary Lou (Donald) Jankowski. He is the proud grandfather of 26 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

Funeral service held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 16, 2019 in Our Lady Consolata Parish, St. Pancratius Catholic Church, Cass City. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to University of Detroit Mercy, Dan and Jane’s alma mater. Family and friends may share memories, prayers and stories with the family at www.kranzfuneralhome.com.

Visitation: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, November 16, 2019 in St. Pancratius Catholic Church

Arrangements by
Kranz Funeral Home, Cass City, Michigan
Debra L. Kranz (989) 872-2195
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, November 16th, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    When
    Saturday, November 16th, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
    Location
    St. Pancratius Catholic Church
    Address
    4292 S. Seeger St.
    CASS CITY, MI 48726
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  • Service

    Saturday, November 16th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Saturday, November 16th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    St. Pancratius Catholic Church
    Address
    4292 S. Seeger St.
    CASS CITY, MI 48726
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    Officiant
    Rev. Stephen J. Fillion
  • Interment

    Location
    Elkland Township Cemetery
    Address
    6897 E. Cass City Road
    CASS CITY, MI 48726
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  • Reception

    Location
    Cass City VFW Hall
    Address
    4533 Veterans Drive
    CASS CITY, MI 48726
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Deepest sympathies to the entire Hittler family from Brett and Gretchen Taylor, Mark and Rhonda Taylor and family and Mark and Nancy Zallek and family
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Sent with love and remembrance, Rita Anderson, Julia Hittler, Wesley Reed, Justin, Lisa, Jaxson, Carly and Owen Wall. Mike, Crystal and Bear Anderson
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Mary and Dan, our hearts are with you and your family. With love and friendship: Charo, Dan, Erica, Fred, and Mara.
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Georgia N Hammett

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During Dan's employment with Walbro, back in the 90's, Walbro had a plant wide employee event with every one who would like to golf, attend an golf outing up at the local golf course. Someone assigned everyone to teams of 5 people. A girlfriend, Gloria and I were assigned to a team consisting of Dan, Al and Don Warner. I have to say us girls never golfed before, maybe just putt putt golf was it. I was so grateful Dan was so patient with Gloria and I and taught us how to even hold the club and told us which club to use even. He was so kind and always smiling when we would mess up and needless to say, our team never played off any of our golf balls hit. Dan was so kind and told us it was only a fun time so it didn't matter the score. Good thing for that! I also worked with Dan on hourly retirement accounts when someone was retiring. He was a pleasure to work with and very professional. He seen others as good people always and showed much respect to everyone. I am sure his family will miss his wisdom and understanding and love he had for each of them. Our prayers will be with you all during this time of sorrow. Sincerely, Georgia Hammett
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