Gary ‘Penny’ Allan Pitman was born February 15, 1937 in Portland, Oregon the son of Harry Pitman and Frances Opal (Joslyn) Pitman. Gary was raised by his mother and grandparents in Gravity, Iowa where he graduated from high school with the class of 1956. He worked for Don Well’s Locker driving a stock truck. Gary was united in marriage to Donna Snyder on January 29, 1959 in Clarinda, Iowa. This union was blessed with the birth of four children, Allan, Amy, Adam and Angela.
Gary was drafted into the United States Army where he served active duty for 12 years in the United States, Germany and three tours in Vietnam. After he was honorably discharged, the family lived in the state of Washington for a number of years before relocating to Bedford to be near family in the late 1970s. In 1979 Gary and Allan became active in the National Guard, retiring in 1985. Gary worked at Hawkeye Lumber Yard and did carpentry. Later he was in maintenance for the Bedford Nursing Home and the Clearview Homes in Mount Ayr, retiring in 2008 at age 71.
Gary was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Bedford where he served as deacon. He was a member of the John F. Hardin American Legion Post having held several offices, including being the present commander, and was a board member of the Bedford Meal Site. He enjoyed woodworking and being a ‘handyman who always had a project.’
Gary possessed a giving heart and was always willing to help anyone. Gary was a people person and truly loved his family, and enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren and remained active in their lives. He never knew a stranger and enjoyed camping and traveling with his wife. Gary was very patriotic and loved his country and enjoyed talking about current events.
Left to cherish the memories of a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend are his loving wife of 54 years, Donna Pitman of Bedford, Iowa; four children, Allan Pitman and Shari Hardisty of Shenandoah, Iowa, Amy Volkmar and husband Roger of Clarinda, Iowa, Adam Pitman and wife DeAnn of Roland, Iowa and Angela Pitman and Roger McCollaugh of Bedford, Iowa; eight grandchildren, Nathanual Pitman, Nicholas Pitman, Alex Volkmar, Andrew Volkmar, Jaeda Pitman, Jakob Pitman, Micheal McCollaugh and Joshua McCollaugh; two great-grandchildren, Ashlynn and Briley Pitman; two stepgrandchildren, Katie and Jacob Hardisty; a sister, Ramona Jacob of Shelton, Washington, along with many other family members and friends.
Preceding Gary in death are his parents, Harry and Frances Pitman, and a granddaughter, Caitlyn Pitman.
Gary was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and patriot.
His enthusiasm, humor and kindness will be missed by everyone.
Celebration of life services for Gary Pitman, age 76 of Bedford, Iowa, who died Friday, April 26, 2013 at his home in Bedford were held Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at the First Baptist Church in Bedford. Interment with military rites accorded by the John F. Hardin American Legion Post No. 164 were held in the Fairview Cemetery in Bedford. Memorials may be given in Gary’s name. Memories can be shared with the family at www.ritchiefuneralhome.com. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford.