Cartoonist Jerry Bittle Dies at 53

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“Geech” and “Shirley & Son” cartoonist Jerry Bittle died of a heart attack April 8 while on a trip to Honduras. The Dallas resident was 53.

The 1982-founded “Geech” took a humorous look at life in a small town, while the 2000-launched “Shirley & Son” focused thoughtfully on life after divorce. United Media syndicated the comics to 175 and 75 newspapers, respectively.

Bittle is survived by his wife and three daughters. The family has created the Jerry Bittle Educational Trust for his daughters’ college education. Donations can be sent to P.O. Box 832271, Richardson, TX 75083.

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