Daniel James Pitman, 87, Adamstown, WWII vet, retired from H.J. Heinz Co., private pilot

By on January 28, 2015

Daniel James Pitman, 87, of Adamstown, passed away Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at the United Zion Retirement Community.

He was born in Swarthmore to the late John Himes and Elsie (Anders) Pitman and was the husband of Marie E. (Nuckols) Pitman, with whom he shared 65 years of marriage.

He was a member of Our Mother of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Ephrata, the Adamstown Lions Club, where he was secretary and past president, Knights of Columbus – Ephrata, and Sons of the American Revolution. He was founder of the United Support Group, an organization for mentally challenged adult children. He was also a judge of elections.

He was a private pilot and enjoyed flying, hunting, fishing, and spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

A high school graduate, he attended the Keystone Secretarial School and worked as a sales representative for the H.J. Heinz Company for more than 35 years until retirement in the late 1980s. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by children: John, husband of Jeanne (Larkins) Pitman of Wallingford; Elizabeth, wife of Edward Rogers of Glen Mills; Daniel Jr., husband of Sherri (Adair) Pitman, Denver; James, husband of Tracy (Jewell) Pitman of Cheboygan, Mich.; Kristina Pitman of Lititz; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a sister: Marianna “Nan” Phillips of Paoli.

He was preceded in death by brother: Jack Pitman; and five sisters: Elsie Avilla, Katherine “Kitty” Frescoln, Doris Moist, Betty Jean Robbins, and Christina Pitman.

A viewing will be held Thursday, Jan. 29, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Roseboro Stradling Funeral Home, 533 Walnut St., Denver, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial celebration at 11 a.m. at Our Mother of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 320 Church Ave., Ephrata, with Father John McGoughlin, C.SS.R. as celebrant. Final commendation and farewell at the Cedar Hill Cemetery, Ephrata. Military honors accorded by the Red Rose Veterans Honor Guard.

If desired, memorial contributions in Daniel’s honor may be made to Excentia, 1810 Rohrerstown Road, Lancaster, PA 17601.

Arrangements by Roseboro Stradling Funeral & Cremation Services Inc., Denver. Online condolences can be given at roseborostradling.com.

 

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