Michael E. Kitson, age 63, of Marengo, died Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, from complications of a stroke. Funeral Mass: 10:30 A.M. Saturday, August 15, 2015, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Watkins, with Fr. Mark Ressler officiating. Burial: Bishop Cemetery, rural Marengo. Visitation: 2 to 7 P.M. Friday, August 14, 2015, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be contributed for a scholarship in his name, the Marengo Library, or the charity of the donor’s choice.
He is survived by his wife Joyce; his children, James Kitson (Yuka Takahara) of Oregon City, OR, and Christina Kitson (John Kearbey) of Manhattan, KS; two grandchildren, Eliwen Kitson and Alexander Kearbey; his brothers, Peter (Sue) Kitson of Beaver Grove, MI, Duane (Laura) Kitson of Prudenville, MI, Paul (Zettie) Kitson of Twining, MI; sisters, Cecelia King of Tacoma, WA, Rosanne (Keith) Dowgialo of Warren, MI, Marian Steele of Sommersville, WV, Lisa (Gary) Wilk of Tawas City, MI and Patricia (Kevin) VerSteeg of Phoenix, AZ; his foster mother, Charlotte Moore of Elkader, IA, and foster brothers, Aaron (JoLynn) Moore of Guttenburg, IA, and Chad Moore of Beijing, China, and his step-mother Frankie Kitson of Standish, MI.
Michael was preceded in death by his parents, his foster father Larry “Smoke” Moore, a brother George, and a sister LynnAnne.
Michael Edward Kitson was born January 23, 1952 in Pontiac, MI, the son of George Edward and Romance Stalker Kitson. He graduated from Jefferson High School, Cedar Rapids, in 1971 and attended Kirkwood and Mount Mercy College, obtaining an Associate degree and certification in electronics. Michael married Joyce Becker on August 5, 1972 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Watkins.
In his teenage years he worked various service industry jobs. His full time employment history began with Dearborn Brass in the 1970’s; he was a stay-at-home Dad for several years; he worked at LaRay’s Cleaners in Marengo, and lastly he was employed with Rockwell Collins for 14 years as an electronics test technician, retiring in May of 2015.
Michael enjoyed bow hunting and black powder muzzleloading, camping, fishing, and morel mushroom hunting, which he was certified to sell. He was an amateur home builder, photographer, and archaeologist. He liked to garden, and star gaze in his back yard. He also liked to make jewelry.
He was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Watkins, and the Local IBW 1362.