Daniel W. “Dan” Biteman, Jr., 64, of Union City, went to be with his Lord and Savior on February 28, 2022.
Dan was born August 24, 1957 in Coldwater, Michigan to Daniel W. and Martha (Williams) Biteman, Sr. He grew up in Union City and graduated from Union City High School in 1976. Dan went on to attend Spring Arbor College and earned an MDiv from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Georgia. He always knew he wanted to become a pastor. He spent his free time as a youth camp director with his best friend, Kathy Raymond, and made eight trips to Israel, serving as a guide to others. He was a pastor within the United Methodist Church and led churches in Fife Lake/South Boardman, DeWitt Redeemer, Lane Boulevard, Grawn, Lawton St. Paul’s and Central Lake/Alden, from which he retired in 2020. He returned to live in Union City when he became ill.
In 1996, Dan became an Elder within the United Methodist Church. He was a loving, caring, selfless person whose strength and humor always shone through. Kids adored him. In 2006, he adopted his children Bekah and Zach, at the ages of nine and 10. He also foster-parented Mataya and Damien Wagenschutz. Dan lived his faith and inspired others to do the same.
He is survived by his children, Zach (Cassee) Biteman of Kalamazoo and Bekah Biteman of Cadillac; his grandchildren, Zayn Wilkerson and A.J. Biteman; his siblings, Sheryl (Chris Lilly) Biteman of Battle Creek, Theresa (Douglas) Davis of Union City and Lisa (Chris) Powell of Union City; his parents, Daniel W. and Martha Biteman, Sr. of Union City; nieces and nephews, Elicia Davis, Eric Davis, Tim, John, Brandon, Preston and Benjamin Powell; aunts and uncles, Kathleen Helmer, Georgeanna Clark, Richard (Marjorie) Biteman, Frances Cross and Patricia (David) Kaniewski.
Dan was preceded in death by his grandparents and several aunts and uncles.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, March 5, 2022 at Lighthouse Funeral & Cremation in Union City, 1276 Tate Trail, with Pastor Eric Beck officiating. A time of food and fellowship will be held immediately afterward from 2:00-4:00 PM at Lighthouse of Athens, 310 S. Capital Avenue in Athens.
Memorial donations are suggested to the Bronson Cancer Center, 300 North Avenue, Battle Creek, MI 49015.
Condolences can be shared with the family online at Lighthouse Funeral & Cremation.