Norman “Gene” Pitt

Norman Pitt age 90, of Logan, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, July 27, 2021.

There will be a visitation for Norman from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, July 30, 2021 at the Logan Memorial Chapel in Logan, Iowa.

Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 31, 2021 at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Logan, Iowa.

Burial will be at the Logan Cemetery in Logan, Iowa.

Norman Eugene “Gene” Pitt, age 90, of Bennington, NE passed away on Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at Immanuel Medical Center in Omaha, NE. Gene was born February 27, 1931 to Lawrence Rodney Pitt and Edith May Godden in Cass Township, Persia, Harrison County, IA. He graduated from Logan High School in May 1949. Beginning in January, 1950 Gene served a 4-year term in the United States Air Force where he took electronics and advanced radar courses, worked as a radar technician on B36 continental bombers, went on a secret training mission overseas, and was promoted to Staff Sergeant and supervisor of the radar maintenance shop. He was accepted into the Air Force Cadet program but instead chose to marry the love of his life, Evelyn Lorraine Finken, on November 8, 1952 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Missouri Valley, IA.

Gene received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University in May 1969 and his Master of Business Administration from the University of Colorado in May 1971. He took his family all over the United States during his distinguished electrical engineering career, returning to rural Logan, IA in 1974 to work at Offutt Air Force Base near Bellevue, NE. He was especially proud of his work as lead engineer on the Ballistic Missile Early Warning Site (BMEWS) in Alaska and on the Minuteman missile silos.

Gene was a member of St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Logan, IA where he was an active volunteer. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, carpentry, gardening, amateur winemaking, listening to music, nature, playing cards, organizing family reunions, and piloting small planes. He was also keenly interested in genealogy, writing many books filled with stories of family history and anecdotes. He relished eating ice cream, his wife’s chicken fried steak, and Morel mushrooms. Gene was very fond of telling riddles and jokes, especially with his grandchildren, and delighted in mischievous teasing. Most of all, he adored his family and his Lord Jesus.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 66 years, Evelyn; daughter Jeannie Lynn; son Dale Thomas; brother Marion; and sister Marilyn.

Survivors who cherish their special memories with Gene include his son Steven Rodney Pitt and wife Cathy of Elizabeth, CO; daughter Carol Marie Gianzero and husband Rich of La Grange, KY; daughter-in-law Joetta Jenkins Pitt Alexander of Magnolia, IA; daughter Anne Elizabeth Moseman and husband Rob of Oakland, NE; daughter Mary Kathleen Trehearn and husband Arlan of Fremont, NE; son John Eugene Pitt and wife Carmie of Ankeny, IA; son William Lawrence “Bill” Pitt and fiancée Dawn Marie Brazda of Bellevue, NE; sister Gloria Martin of Glendale, AZ; sister Karen Pitt Lenninger Schreiner of Ankeny, IA; sister Janice “Jan” Spencer and husband Bill of Crescent, IA; eighteen grandchildren; eighteen great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

There will be a visitation for Gene from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, July 30, 2021 at the Logan Memorial Chapel in Logan, Iowa.

Memorials may be directed to Right to Life and St. Anne’s Parish.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF

Norman Eugene “Gene” Pitt

 Born

February 27, 1931~Persia, Iowa

Entered into Rest

July 27, 2021~Omaha, Nebraska

Funeral Mass

10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 31, 2021

St. Anne’s Catholic Church

Logan, Iowa

Officiating~Father Raphael Masabakhwa

Organist~Judy Dinkel

 Music Selections

“Amazing Grace”, “How Great Thou Art”, “On Eagle’s Wings”

 Honorary Pall Bearers

Steven Pitt, Eric Moseman, Adam Dick, Kipton Curless

Pall Bearers

Jerod Pitt, Travis Evans, Talyn Moseman, Dayne Klotz, James Moseman, Pete Triebe

 Final Resting Place

Logan Cemetery

Logan, Iowa

7 Comments

  • Barbara Finken-Welch Posted July 28, 2021 9:37 pm

    So sorry to hear of Gene’s passing. Love and prayers to the Gene Pitt families.

  • Carolyn Kelly Camoriano Posted July 29, 2021 7:44 am

    My husband Julio and I were classmates of Gene’s at LHS. He was a great patriot, dedicated Christian, and loyal friend, We always enjoyed Gene and Evelyn’s gracious hospitality at high school reunion parties at their country home.

  • Asha Von Ruden Posted July 29, 2021 9:39 am

    I have so many great memories of spending time with Uncle Gene, Aunt Evelyn and the whole Pitt Family. Uncle Gene was kind and loving and had a great sense of humor. I’m so sorry for your loss but am sure that you are comforted knowing that he is again with the love of his life.

  • Dan and Gloria Martin Posted July 29, 2021 2:52 pm

    We are thankful that God shared Gene with us. We miss him very much. He is in a better place now. Prayers and condolences to all of Gene’s family and friends.

    Dan and Gloria Martin

  • David Finken Posted July 29, 2021 4:20 pm

    I have wonderful memories of family gatherings at Gene and Evelyn’s house. I am very sorry for your loss. Uncle Gene and aunt Evelyn were great people who lived good lives and made the world a better place.

  • Carol Gianzero Posted July 30, 2021 9:24 pm

    I couldn’t have asked for a better Dad and am so thankful for the close relationship we had and all the wonderful memories we made. His family was the most important thing to him after his love for Jesus. I will miss you so much Dad, but will treasure all the memories forever!

  • Jan and Bill Spencer Posted August 2, 2021 6:00 pm

    Sending love & prayers to Gene’s kids and their families. He was such a special guy and a wonderful brother, A man of integrity, hard working, who loved the Lord, and his family. He had such a great sense of humor, sharing his jokes, and making us laugh. He often loved ending my phone conversations or visits with the phrase: I love you a teensie weensie itsy bitsy tiny bit and then laughing mischieveiously. I got wise and eventually would say “Ditto “. LOL ! He enjoyed hunting mushrooms. His life was full of so many accomplishments. He had mentioned to me this past year or so that he had lived a “good” life. I am so thankful we had him as long as we did. He was loved by so many and will be greatly missed! I love you big brother ! Jan & Bill Spencer

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