SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) Springfield radio icon Rod Kittleman, 58, passed away at a Springfield hospital on Friday, his family confirmed to KY3 News.
Kittleman, who was a 40-year broadcast veteran, hosted the morning show on 99.5 FM KADI, a contemporary Christian radio station.
His daughter, Shannon Kittleman-Aguirre, said that he had been in intensive care for the last several days and that he had suffered several strokes.
"The one thing I want people to know about my dad is that he loved his family he loved music and worshiping God and he loved people. Springfield was his earthly home and now he's made his forever home in heaven," stated Kittleman-Aguirre.
Kittleman was dedicated to his job. Back in June, KY3's Joe Hickman did a news report on Kittleman for hosting his radio show from his room at Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital, where he was recovering from a leg amputation.
99.5 FM KADI posted the following statement on its Facebook page:
"It is with great sadness that we announce that our long time Fun in the Morning show host, Rod Kittleman, has passed on to his eternal reward. Rod was instrumental in helping KADI become one of the nation's premier Christian music stations. His dedication was unparalleled and he will be greatly missed by the KADI staff, friends of the station and all who knew him. We urge you to continue to Bragg on God in remembrance of Rod."