Anchorage resident Dennis James Pittmann died Thursday, May 22, 2003, at his home following a heart attack. He was 55.
A funeral service was held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Grandview Baptist Church with Pastor Randy Graham officiating. Honorary pallbearers were Martin Pittmann, Allen Swartzbacker, Donald Pittmann and Stephen Pittmann. A memorial celebration of life service was held in Yakima, Wash., at the same time.
Mr. Pittmann was born Nov. 23, 1947, in Yakima. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1968 to 1979. In January of 1975 he moved to Alaska and he began working at the Elmendorf Power Plant in 1980, retiring in 2000. He worked for Alaska USA Federal Credit Union from 2000 to 2003.
He had lived in Anchorage and Eagle River, and in 2000 began to split his time between Anchorage and Soldotna, on Funny River Road.
Mr. Pittmann was a member of the Eagle River Baptist Church and Grandview Baptist Church.
He enjoyed halibut and salmon fishing, clamming, hunting and working with wood.
"Dennis was a loving, caring person, husband and father. He enjoyed working with his hands. He had a way to make you laugh through the rough spots. He enjoyed the out of doors by hunting, fishing and camping. He has left a hole in our hearts as big as his rough, calloused hands that held you so gently. After his service, he will be cremated and his ashes spread over San Juan Bay at Montague Island and down the Kenai River. Dennis was proud of his country and stood up for his country and the president of the United States of America," his family wrote.
He is survived by his wife, Katherine Pittmann of Anchorage; son, Michael Pittmann of Ketchikan; daughter, Annette Hanson of Wasilla; parents, Leighton and Jean Pittmann of Spokane, Wash.; sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Bob Quick of Vancouver, Wash.; twin brother, Donald Pittmann and wife, Sandy, of San Jose, Calif.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Martin and Cathy Pittmann of Mesa, Ariz., and Stephen and Val Pittmann of Santa Cruz, Calif.; sister, Louise Fendrich of Spokane; four grandchildren of Wasilla and two in Michigan; and various other aunts, uncles, cousins and large extended family.
The family suggests memorial donations be directed to Funny River Emergency Services, P.O. Box 3557, Soldotna, AK 99669. The phone number is (907) 262-1837.
Arrangements were made by Evergreen Memorial Chapel.
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