Harry ‘Bud’ Kendall Pitman

Harry “Bud” Kendall Pitman died May 21, 2013, at his home.

He was born on the family farm Sept. 19, 1916, to Dow K. and Bertha Kocher Pitman.

Bud was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Esther Katherine Greever.

He was survived by his wife, Imogene Evans Pitman, who passed away Sept. 18, 2013. He is now survived by a niece, Roxanna (George) Rickman of Richmond, Va.; a great-nephew, Johnathan (Emily) Rickman of Washington, D.C.; a great-niece, Jennifer (Craig) Campbell of Richmond, Va.; two great-great-nephews, Liam Campbell and Fergus Campbell, both of Richmond, Va.; and numerous relatives.

Bud lived nearly his entire life on the family farm as a prosperous and dedicated farmer; proud of his identity as a man of the soil. A 1936 graduate of Melmore High School, he attended Heidelberg College School of Music, Tiffin Business College and graduated from General Motors Institute, Flint, Mich.

Bud married Imogene Evans in July 1943 in Nashville, Tenn. Their love and lifelong commitment for each other bridged 70 years.

He served 20 years as Eden Township trustee. He was a contributing member of the Mohawk Historical Society: a 60-year member of Melmore Lodge No. 174 IOOF, life member of American Legion Post No. 250, Sycamore, life member of VFW Post No. 1452, Clio Mich., a 32nd degree Mason and 70-year member of Enterprise Lodge No. 579 F.&A.M., Sycamore – honored as the longest serving secretary (50 years), a member of the Toledo Valley Scottish Rite and Zenobia Shrine, Tiffin Shrine Club and 60-year member of Melmore United Methodist Church.

Bud was a World War II veteran, as a participant in the Normandy D-Day invasion serving with the American First Army under General Hodges as a tech sergeant supervisor in the motor division. He was awarded the French Medaille Du Jubile Medal, earned the U.S. Army Good Conduct Medal, and the U.S. Eurpoean Service medal with 5 bronze stars. Raymond Gugel’s words remain with us still “Sleep here brave son, your nation bids you well. You earned your place in Paradise, now rest where heroes dwell.”

Graveside services led by Chaplain David Gowen and burial took place at Greenlawn Cemetery, Tiffin, with military honors conducted by American Legion Post No. 250, Sycamore.

Memorial contributions may be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Crippled Children, Cincinnati, Mohawk Historical Society, Sycamore, or the Humane Society of Seneca County, in care of Walton-Moore Funeral Home, P.O. Box 350, Sycamore, OH 44882.