Edw. Leo Hittner
February 4, 1917 - May 19, 2014
Edw. Leo Hittner was born February 4, 1917, in Winona, Minn., the day of the largest snowstorm ever to hit Winona. His dad was a shoemaker and sold Oldsmobiles. In 1928 his family bought a 180-acre farm near Winona. Ed helped his homemaker-mother milk 28 cows every morning and evening.
He attended school in Gilmore Valley through the eighth grade. From 1928 to 1938 he worked the farm. In addition he worked nights and weekends as Deputy Sheriff, watching over dance halls and a tavern. In his spare time he studied and received his pilotís license at the age of 17.
In April of 1938, Ed married Emily Lovas in Winona, Minn. From 1940 to 1941, he went to work for Firestone Tire Co. In 1941, Ed joined the Winona Police Department where he worked upon retiring as Assistant Police Chief in 1964. During his 23 years on the force, Ed worked many other jobs: Executive Pilot for the Watkins Company, Flight Instructor for college students interested in being Navy pilots at St. Maryís College in Winona, enlisted in the Navy and was on inactive Reserve.
From 1964 to 1970, Ed worked for Murphy Motor Freight Lines, starting as service manager. Ultimately, he was promoted to overall General Manager in charge of service centers and drivers. In 1970 to 1975, Ed retired and began to winter in Miami, Fla. There he opened a bar-catering business, supplying bars and bartenders for parties in the Miami area. In 1976, Ed and Emily moved to Alamo, Texas. They traveled over the country square dancing until she became sick and passed away in 1991. In 1992, Ed met and married Eleen Pierson.
Ed enjoyed golf, fishing, traveling, having visited 56 different countries. Another passion of his was cars. He owned 169 cars in his lifetime.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Hattie; wife Emily; wife Eleen; sons James and Bruce; brothers Don and John. Ed will be greatly missed by his daughters Gloria (Joseph) Masyga, of Winona, Cheryl Greene, of Calif., Linda Saunders, of Ga.; grandchildren Lori (Pat) Gensmer, Jon (Sue Haddad) Masyga, Pilar Graham, Krisey Banton; great-grandchildren Henry Leo and Natalie Emme Banton, Jordan (Kelsey) Gensmer, Jenna (Ben) Kubis; great-great-granddaughter Sage Ann Gensmer; sister June Roland Major; sister-in-law Margaret Hittner; special friend James Graham; several nieces, nephews and friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, June 2, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. with visitation one hour prior at Chapel of Our Lady at Saint Anne Extended Healthcare with Rev. Donald Lovas and Rev. Robert Stamschror officiating. Burial will be held at St. Maryís Cemetery. Words of sympathy or remembrance may be left at www.fawcett-junkerfuneralhome.com. Services entrusted to Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Winona, Minn., and Fountain City, Wis. In lieu of flowers memorials preferred to donorís choice or the Winona Humane Society. The family wishes to thank the staff of Callista Court and Saint Anneís of Winona for their loving and kind care.