PRATT, KANSAS — Jewel Delores Hittle, 92, passed away Sunday, July 1, 2018 at PRMC in Pratt. She was born February 15, 1926 in Superior, AZ to Dan and Nora (Smith) Neal. On November 1, 1943 she married Fred Hittle in Mesa, AZ. He passed away January of 1983.
Jewel was a member of the Church of Christ in Pratt.
After high school, while working at the Williams Army Air Corp base in Chandler, AZ she met a soldier from Kansas who was an instrument flight instructor named Fred Hittle.
Fred and Jewel moved to Kansas in 1946 after he was discharged from the Army Corp. There they took up farming in Stevens County. Fred and Jewel had a family of one son, Dan Hittle, and one daughter Vickie Hittle (Livengood). They lived out in the country until 1958, and then moved into Hugoton, Ks to be closer to the schools.
In addition to farming, both Fred and Jewel drove school buses for the Hugoton School District. They were still farming when Fred passed away in 1983. Jewel maintained the farming and the ranch in Barber County with the assistance of her son and one grandson for a few years while also driving a school bus. She retired from driving the school bus after 34 years of service. Jewel later returned to the school system as a Special Education Para for Hugoton High School for a few years.
Jewel has four grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren, and nine great great grandchildren with one on the way. Jewel is all about her family and making time with them.
In 2009, Jewel moved to Pratt to be closer to her son, Dan. Since living in Pratt, she has enjoyed going to concerts, playing cards, going to church, and spending time with several new friends she made along the way.
She is survived by a son Dan (Ila) Hittle of Iuka; a daughter Vicki ( Donnie) Livengood of Wamego, Ks.
Jewel is preceded in death by her parents, her husband and 11 brothers and sisters.
Visitation will be at 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, 2018 with family present from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Larrison Mortuary, Pratt. Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, July 5, 2018 at Church of Christ in Pratt with Steve Triplett presiding. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery in Medicine Lodge, Ks.
Memorials may be made to Pratt Area Humane Society in care of Larrison Mortuary, 300 Country Club Road, Pratt. Condolences may be left at www.larrisonmortuary.com.