Von Earl Pitts, 83, Sheridan, passed away on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, at Riverview Hospital in Noblesville.
He was born in Sheridan on Jan. 31, 1938 to Earl Otis and Hilda Eleanor (Baugh) Pitts Barker.
He grew up in Sheridan and was a 1956 graduate of Sheridan High School. He went on to serve in the United States Army as an SP4, and worked in the mailroom. He earned several certificates including: Basic Combat Training, Military Law, Course B Military Justice and Basic Administration. He was honorably discharged on March 31, 1963.
Mr. Pitts was employed at the Chrysler Transmission Plant in Kokomo as a tool and die maker, working many seven-day work weeks. He retired on May 31, 1990, after 30 years of service.
He was a life-long resident of Sheridan and a member of American Legion Post 67 and the Masonic Lodge. Mr. Pitts had an eight-acre plot of land on the south edge of Sheridan where he enjoyed spending time cutting down hundreds of crabapple trees and keeping the grass cut. He also loved spoiling the many dogs he had over the years.
Survivors include his half-brother Danny (Marjean) Pitts; children, Tammy (Robert) Hunt and Tracy Pitts; grandchildren, Jeremy (Wendi) Tomlinson and Ashley (Grey) Donner; great-grandchildren, Jillian Tomlinson, Ethan Tomlinson, Ashton Koors and Charlotte Donner.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his step-father, Don Eugene Barker.
A celebration of life reception is planned for Tuesday, July 6 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the American Legion, Post 67, 406 E 10th St. in Sheridan.
Memorial contributions may be made online to the American Legion.