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Steven Wayne Kittel
June 3, 1947 ~ January 26, 2024 (age 76) 76 Years Old
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Steven Wayne Kittel, 76, of Greenville, RI passed away on January 26, 2024. He was born in Greenport, NY on June 3, 1947. Steven was a loving father, outdoors enthusiast, and a dedicated serviceman who loved his country.
Steven had a deep passion for the outdoors and enjoyed activities such as fishing, hunting, and gardening. He often reminisced on his time in the Midwest, which he considered the epitome of living. Steven's love for his children was immeasurable, and he did his best to make sure they knew it. He was also a 32nd Degree Mason, dedicated to the principles of the organization.
Steven graduated from Saratoga High School, CA in 1964 and went on to New Mexico Military Institute, joining the Army after graduation in 1968.
Steven had an impressive military career, serving in both the Army and the Navy. He started as an Army PV1 in 1968 and served until 1973. During his time in the Army, he completed two tours in Vietnam from December 1968 to July 1970. Steven served as a 67A10 Door Gunner and Acft Rpmn 621, receiving several commendations for his bravery and dedication. His awards included the Army Commendation Medal, 2 Overseas Bars, Good Conduct Medal, Air Medal, Vietnam Service Medal (with 1 silver service star), Vietnam Cross of Gallantry (with Palm), Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon with Device, Sharpshooter Badge with Rifle Bar, and Army Aviation Badge Basic.
After his service in the Army, Steven pursued higher education at Fort Lewis College, CO in 1973 and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree. Immediately after, he attended Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, FL and joined the Navy following graduation. Steven served for over 20 years, working his way up to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He was stationed on various ships, including the USS Whipple, USS Iwo Jima, USS Independence (CV-62), and USS Comte de Grasse. Steven held several job titles during his time in the Navy, including Ship Construction and Repair Superintendent, Administrative Officer, Operations Intelligence Officer, Weapons Officer and Special Services Officer. He was decorated with numerous commendations for his dedicated service, including the National Defense Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy "E" Ribbon, Surface Warfare Officer Insignia, Korea Defense Service Medal, and Sea Service Deployment Medal.
In 2018, Steven was diagnosed with dementia. Although his progression was initially slow, he experienced a rapid decline in the last four months of his life. He passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving children. The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to The Village at Waterman Lake for their exceptional care and support during Steven's final years. They would also like to extend their sincere appreciation to the compassionate staff at HopeHealth Hulitar Hospice Center, who provided comfort to Steven and his family during this difficult time.
Steven is survived by his sister, Diana L. Foberg, his ex-wife, Carrie S. Kittel (Sue) with whom he remained friendly with for their children, his daughter, Carrie R. Kittel, his son, Scott R. Kittel, his niece, Kristi Forbes, and his nephew, Jon Foberg. He was preceded in death by his father, Captain Irving A. Kittel, his mother, Nann M. Kittel, and his brother-in-law, Commander Raymond Foberg.
A private burial service will be held at Arlington National Cemetery to honor Steven's military service. The Olson & Parent Funeral Home in Providence, RI, is assisting the family with the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers or donations, the family kindly requests that you show your appreciation for veterans and service members. Whether it's thanking them for their service or buying them a cup of coffee or a meal, let them know they are not forgotten.
Please direct any inquiries to Olson & Parent Funeral Home, located in Providence, RI.