Jean Pittman of Whitewood, SD died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009, at his ranch. He was two days shy of his 85th birthday.
Visitation was held from noon until 9 p.m., Monday, Feb. 2, at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 3, at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Pastor Richard Counts officiating. Burial followed at the Whitewood Cemetery.
Jean was born in the family’s dugout near Sulphur Creek on Jan. 30, 1924, to Charles E. and Jennie D. (Hlavka) Pittman. He attended grade school in Marcus and high school in Sturgis. He returned to the ranch at Marcus where he met Jeane Oliver. They were married in Sturgis on Feb. 25, 1947.
In 1948, they moved to their ranch near Whitewood where they have lived for the past 60 years. Jean was employed as a foreman for the Whitewood Sawmill for 15 years. He then worked part-time for three years at the sawmill where he sharpened saw blades. For many years he operated a Grade A Dairy.
Jean was a member of numerous civic and fraternal organizations including the Moose Lodge, Elks Lodge and the Masons. He loved to dance and ride a good horse.
On Oct. 26, 2007 while helping one of his sons, Jean was thrown from a horse and suffered a broken neck. He spent several weeks in the hospital recovering, and recover is what he did. He returned home and enjoyed this past year feeding his horse, puttering around the ranch on his Farmhand tractor, and spending time with his family.
Survivors include his wife, Jeane Pittman, Whitewood; five sons, Melvin (Juanita) Pittman, Nisland, Martin Pittman, Whitewood, Mike (Melanie) Pittman, Belle Fourche, Mark Pittman, Dallas, TX, and Monte (Vicki) Pittman, Whitewood; one sister, Laura Ethal Howie, Rapid City; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.
A memorial has been established to the Whitewood Senior Citizens Center.
Condolences may be sent to the family at http://www.kinkadefunerals.com.