Joseph Christian Kittelson, 76, of Chandler, AZ passed away on Thursday, September 9, 2021 at the Mayo Clinic Hospital surrounded by his loving family. Joe was born on January 31, 1945 in Portland, OR to parents Ione and Clarence Kittelson. He grew up on a farm in Goodhue, MN with his 13 siblings and graduated from Goodhue High School in 1963. Joe attended and graduated from St. John’s University and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance in 1967. He married the love of his life, Norma Gonzalez, on June 28, 1986. Joe took pride in his career and excelled at his jobs at Contract Beverages Pepsi-Cola, Coca-Cola, MEI, and Hexcel. Joe, with his wife Norma, then started their insurance agencies at Allstate Insurance. His competitiveness and work ethic drove him to be a top performer and the largest Allstate agent in the state. He semi-retired from his Allstate Insurance business ten years ago. Joe had many hobbies, his favorite included traveling the world with his wife, bowling on his Thursday night men’s league, golfing, and supporting his children’s life accomplishments.
He is survived by his wife Norma, children Christine (Jon) Houglum of MN, James (Shwezin) Imbrogno, Rachel Guynn, Nicole (Joe) Kittelson, Elizabeth (Ronald) Kittelson all of AZ. Grandchildren Jesus Jr (Ashley) Trevino, Erin Houglum, James Trevino, Gabriella Trevino and Matthew Houglum. Siblings; Diana Kittelson, Merlin (Diane) Kittelson, Sandra (Michael) Dols, Linda Kittelson, Tom (Molly) Kittelson, Jim Kittelson, Kelvin (Bev) Kittelson, David Kittelson, Teresa (John) Sutton, Roger Kittelson, and Ruth Ann (Rich) Allen. Siblings-in-law; Susan Giordano, Sandra Gonzalez, Angelo Gonzalez, and M. Eliza Gonzalez.
Preceding him in his passing are his parents Clarence and Ione, brother Rodney, sister Roberta Andrist, son-in-law LaMontae Guynn, father-in-law Angel Gonzalez, and mother-in-law Irene Sanders.
Joe’s memorial service will be held on September 18, 2021 at The Church of the Epiphany at 2222 S. Price Rd Tempe, AZ 85282. The viewing will be from 9am – 11am with the service following at 11am. There will be a reception to follow.