John W. Jay Kitterman, age 88, passed away at Warrensburg Manor Care Center in Warrensburg, on June 8, 2019.
Jay was born on Oct. 18, 1930, in Warrensburg, the son of Andrew and Mabel (Barnes) Kitterman.
He attended Warrensburg public schools and Central Missouri State College (now University of Central Missouri).
While in high school and college he worked at the Star Theatre as an usher. He then accepted a position at the Daily Star-Journal as a stenotype operator. In 1952-1954 he served in the Third Marine Corps Division.
After boot camp at Camp Pendleton, California, he was assigned to Camp McNair, a tent city-style training base at the foot of Mt. Fuji in Japan, in mid-winter. After completing his military service, he returned to the Daily Star-Journal, working first as a Linotype operator and then advancing to a position in advertising sales.
He later served as Director of Advertising, and then was appointed Assistant to the Publisher. He retired in December 1995.
Jay was active in community service, including two terms on the board of the local Chamber of Commerce, the Warrensburg Jaycees, an advisor in the Junior Achievement program, and a member of the First United Methodist Church.
Following retirement he volunteered for Meals on Wheels and, together with his wife, assisted with bequests for the church, among other projects.
He also served a term as Vice President of the National Kitterman Family Association.
In 1954 he married Dolores Mansur Kitterman.
Jay is survived by: his wife, Dolores (Mansur) Kitterman; and daughter, Jaylene (Michael) OKeefe, of Independence, Missouri.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, 2019, at Sweeney-Phillips and Holdren Funeral Home in Warrensburg.
Interment will follow at Sunset Hills Cemetery with full military honors.
Honorary pallbearers include Marion Clark, Bruce Howey, Bruce Smith, Gene Burden and Keith Sproat.
The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until service time at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions to Dialysis Clinic, Inc. of Warrensburg or the American Diabetes Association can be left in care of the funeral home. As published in the Daily Star Journal.