Albert Pitman, 72, a longtime employee of Food Services of America, died Sunday, June 24, 2012, in his home after a four-month battle with renal cell cancer.
He was born Dec. 1, 1939, to Ellsworth and Vera Scott Pitman in Virginia City. He was raised in Butte and drove stock truck for his father and Ralph “Old Man” Craddock in his youth.
He enlisted in the Army in 1958 and served six years as a cook. After coming home to Butte, he married Beverly, who became the mother of his four children, on June 15, 1963, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Butte.
In 1974, the family moved to Billings, where he worked for Rocky Mountain Equipment Co. as a mechanic. Then he moved on to Cummins, followed by a job as shop foreman with Food Services of America. There he retired in 2007 after 26 years of “exceptional service.”
In 1985, Mr. and Mrs. Pitman moved to Worden and ran their own farm. Mrs. Pitman died in 2001.
On May 24, 2008, he married Kathy Griffith. She and a daughter, Eileen, were his caregivers in the last four months.
Survivors include his wife; children, Chris Rhodes of Antioch, Tenn., Denis Pitman of Billings, Eileen Pitman of Billings and Frank Pitman of Shepherd; stepchildren, Riann, Mike and Billy Lemler; 18 grandchildren; and three great-granddaughters.
Visitation was June 27 at Dahl Funeral Chapel, including a time of prayer and sharing. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 28, at Faith Evangelical Church with burial in Pleasantview Cemetery in Ballantine to follow.
Donations in his name may be given to RiverStone Hospice or the American Heart Association.