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Harvard died at the age of 90, September 16th 2014 in his home at Morning Star Senior Living of Idaho Falls. His family appreciates the care from the compassionate people at Hands of Hope Hospice.
Harvard was born June 29th 1924 in Ririe, Idaho, to Eizabeth Adams and Vernon Erikson Bitter. He graduated from the 8th grade in Ucon. Then his family moved to Tule Lake, California, where his family farmed. When he was a senior in high school, Pearl Harbor was bombed. He completed high school and then enlisted in the Air Force. He was trained as a bomber pilot. He flew 48 missions through the Phillippine campaign. When the war was over he returned to his family who were now living south of Idaho Falls on a Farm.
He joined his father in the business of farming. He has spent his life farming with his father and then his sons in the Shelley area and at Terreton.
He has been active in civic and church affairs, serving on the Federal Land Bank board for many years, on the Idaho Coop Council and the Shelley School board.
He served LDS missions in Mexico, Guatemala and Ecuador, also as Bishop, high councilor, teacher and as a Mission President in Peru. His life was spent in service to his family, his church and his community.
He married Evada Orme on December 18, 1953 in the Idaho Falls Temple. They are the parents of eight children, forty grandchildren and 42 great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, sisters, Carmen (Garth) Hall of Idaho Falls, Gay (Milt) Carlson of Pocatello and brother Ronald (Lorraine) Bitter of Queen Creek, AZ. Children; Lance (Junae) Bitter of Tomah, WI, Janine (Lance) Christensen of Yuma, AZ, Kent (Betty Ann) Bitter of Shelley, Lisa (David) Jackson of Glendora, CA, Daren (Kathy) Bitter of Terreton, Myra (Gregg) Sharp of Idaho Falls, Lanae (Dave) Kener of Pocatello, Greg (Amanda) Bitter of St. Anthony.
Funeral Services will be held Saturday, September 20th at 11:00 am at the Sand Creek Ward Chapel, 1101 East 1250 North Shelley, ID 83274. Viewings will be held Friday, Sept. 19th from 7-9 pm at Nalder Funeral Home 110 West Oak Street, Shelley, ID and at the chapel Sat. from 9:30 - 10:40 am. Interment will be in the Fielding Memorial Cemetery with military rites by David B. Bleak Post 93 assisted by the Idaho Honor Guard.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donating to the LDS Missionary Fund.
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