March 31, 1930 – May 19, 2020
Words of Welcome and Comfort
The prophet Isaiah speaks words of comfort, saying: Those who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
- Isaiah 40:31
And the psalmists continue: There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved; God will help it when the morning dawns.
- Psalm 46.4-5, 7
Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?
- 1 Corinthians 15:55
Song - I Can Only Imagine
Words of Remembrance
- Acts 20:35 (NIV) – In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
- Matthew 25:21 (NIV) – His master replied, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!”
Words of Promise & Hope
Song – Time to Say Goodbye
Prayer of Commendation
O God, our strength and our redeemer, giver of life, and conqueror of death, we open our hearts to you just as they are. We celebrate your gift of life freely given, but are grieved by a sense of loss in the face of death. The love which binds us to one another leaves us aching as ties are broken. Accept our tears as symbols of love and devotion and transform them into the waters of life to nourish us in the days ahead, bringing us again to joy.
We trust you. We love you. We know in Christ that your love is everlasting; that nothing can separate any of us from your abiding care. Thus, with the full confidence of faith we now commend Edson “Ed” . Hitzelberger to your boundless love and overflowing compassion. Through the power that raised Christ from the dead to live eternally with you, lift up this, your child, Ed, to life fulfilled beyond our wildest imagining. Accept him as he is with all his frailties as well as his strengths. Enfold him in your everlasting arms. Embrace him as your friend. We pray in the name of this Christ who invites us into this resurrection in new life, Amen.
Blessing & Benediction
Ed Hitzelberger, 90, passed away peacefully at home on May 19th. Born to Edgar & Nola Patton Hitzelberger of Helena, MO, Ed graduated Belton High School.
Son, Curtis was born to Ed & Helen Walton Hitzelberger. Ed served as a Marine in the Korean Conflict.
The blended family of Ed and Sunnye Carter Bales included their youngest son, Jason (Beth) Hitzelberger, Sunnye’s children Mark, Brian, and Duke (Jennifer) Bales, as well as her step-children, Sharon Bales (Jim) Griffin and Bob (Karen) Bales. Ed was widowed.
The family grew again when Ed married Jane Monroe Adair with children Debra (Bill) Houser, Raymond “Bud” Adair, Fran (Guy) Bergren, and Ann (Bob) Becker. Ed was a devoted family man with a quick wit and a kind servant’s heart.
He retired after 43 years at Allied Systems in Claycomo, MO, He was an active member of Overland Park Christian Church for over 50 years serving as Co-Chairmen of the Board, Congregational Care Director, Minister of Visitation, Elder, Trustee and Bethel Bible Study teacher.
Lakeview Village in Lenexa KS is a wonderful place where Ed and Jane have lived surrounded by supportive and loving friends.
Ed is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Jane, 7 children, 17 Grandchildren, and 4 Great-Grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Alice, his wife Sunnye, his step-son Mark Bales, and son Curtis Hitzelberger.
We will always carry his memory in our hearts.
A private family service was held on 22 May at Johnson County Chapel with Pastor Laura Phillips officiating. Those wishing to sign a guest book, see a video of service, and view family photos, may do so online at www.johnsoncountychapel.com at any time. Memorial donations to Overland Park Christian Church, 7600 W 75th Street, OP, KS 66204 or Evergreen Hospice Care 11875 S. Sunset Drive Suite 200, Olathe, KS 66061.