Theodore “Ted “ James Bittner, 88, of Clermont, Fla., and formerly of Garden City died of heart failure on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, at Mike Conley Hospice House.

He was born in 1929 in Columbus, Ohio. He lived most of his younger years in Pennsylvania and Ohio until his family moved to upstate New York, where he met and married Margaret “Maggie” MacLean in 1951.

He was a nurse anesthetist, a career he started in New York, which led him to Kansas City and later to Garden City. He eventually retired in 1987 in Fountain Hills, Ariz., where he lived until his wife died and his health required living closer to family in May 2017.

He was an Army 11th Airborne veteran, serving in the South Pacific and later in Korea. In the early years of his career, he participated in research that would later lead to what is now called CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation).

Ted was preceded in death by his wife; his mother, Estelle Dolce, and stepfather, Louis Dolce; and his special uncle, Cy Bittner.

He is survived by three children, Kathleen Grange of Denver, Diane Maestas of Clermont, and Ted Bittner Jr. of Charlottesville, Va.; six grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

He enjoyed shooting and re-loading and served many years in the Finney County Sheriff's Posse. He enjoyed off road four wheeling and hiking in the mountains and desert of Arizona with friends from the “Men’s Club of Fountain Hills.” He earned his pilot's license later in life and often flew his plane to Colorado to hike the mountains. In the short time he lived in Florida, he became active in his church “Real Life” and enjoyed his weekly bible study group with friends.

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date in Fountain Hills.