DIXON – Jay N. Kitzmiller, 74, of Dixon, passed away Friday, July 14, 2017, at his home in Dixon, with his loving wife of 53 years, Shirley, by his side. He retired from Quebecor Printing as a lead pressman in 2002, after 40-plus years of dedicated service.
Jay was born Nov. 1, 1942, in Oregon, to Nevin D. and Dorothy (Nichols) Kitzmiller. He was a 1960 graduate of Mount Morris High School. He married Shirley Keister on Aug. 24, 1963, in Mount Morris. Affectionately known as “Kitzy” by his closest friends, Jay touched many, many lives in a positive way. His passions were his family, bowling, stock car racing, the Chicago Blackhawks, Fighting Illini basketball, and the Chicago Cubs. Jay never met a person that he didn’t make a friend. A simple trip to Walmart turned into a 2-hour adventure because he always ran into a friend. Jay also had an impact on the youth in Dixon, as he coached youth baseball for many years. Many kids still call him “Coach.” He will truly be missed by everyone.
He is survived by his loving wife, Shirley; his daughter, Barbara (Dennis) Budzitowski; his son, Randy (Justina) Kitzmiller; his grandchildren, Brandon (Sara Harris) Elmendorf, Emily Kitzmiller, Nevin Kitzmiller, Avery Kitzmiller, and Jackson Kitzmiller; great-grandson, Carter Elmendorf; his siblings, Ellen Harrill, Charles Kitzmiller, Cheryl (Marv) Lundquist, Alice (Marv) Leopold, David Kitzmiller; and many loving nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Nevin D. Kitzmiller and Dorothy (Nichols) Kitzmiller; and his sister, Shelby (Kitzmiller) Helton.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, followed by the funeral at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon, with Rick Harrill officiating. Private burial of cremains will be at a later date at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Dixon.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.
Condolences may be sent to prestonschilling.com.