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John S. Pitcher

John S. Pitcher, 95, of Franklin, passed away June 24, 2014, at Franciscan St. Francis Health-Indianapolis.

John was born in Mason, Ohio, on Nov. 22, 1918. His parents were Harry T. Pitcher and Nellie May Simpson Pitcher-Hobbs.

Formerly of Greenwood, Metamora, Laurel, Connersville and Franklin, he married Ellen Cecelia Cannon on Feb. 14, 1942, at Laurel Methodist Church. They were married for 60 years.

Mr. Pitcher retired from Stant’s Manufacturing Co. in Connersville in 1983 after 42 years of employment as a master metal polisher. He was a veteran of World War II from 1942 to 1945, serving in the U.S. Army Air Forces as a radar technician on C-47s, “the Air Trains of the War.”

He attained the rank of staff sergeant and was honorably discharged. He was a member of American Legion Post 205 in Franklin.

John was a very devout Christian. He was a member of Laurel United Methodist Church for 65 years, an associate member of Grace United Methodist Church, Connersville, for 33 years, and an associate member of Grace United Methodist Church in Franklin for seven years. He was past president of the United Methodist Men of the New Castle District and participated in several mission work teams to Johns Island in South Carolina and was active in lay witness missions.

John was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ellen; and a sister, Genevieve Pitcher Osborne.

He is survived by a son, the Rev. H. Thomas (Beverly) Pitcher of Franklin; two daughters, Susan C. Pitcher of Indianapolis and Celia L. (Dale) Rodenmeyer of Plant City, Florida; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two great-stepgrandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m. July 12 in Wright Memorial Chapel in the Wesley Center of the Franklin United Methodist Community, 1070 W. Jefferson St., Franklin. The Rev. Andrew D. Kinsey will preside. Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. until the time of the service July 12 at the chapel. A reception and a time of sharing memories in the community center will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests expression of sympathy be shown by memorials to Grace United Methodist Church of Franklin, 1300 E. Adams Drive, Franklin, IN 46131; or the Benevolent Fund of the Franklin United Methodist Community, 1070 W. Jefferson St., Franklin, IN 46131.

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