Albert “Jerry” Hitchman

September 09, 1952 ‒ June 14, 2020

Butler, Ohio

BUTLER: Albert “Jerry” Hitchman passed away Sunday, June 14, 2020 in his home.  He was 67.

He was born September 9, 1952 in Mt. Vernon to the late Albert Leland and Frances “Frankie” (Wareham) Hitchman and was graduated from Clear Fork High School in 1970.

On June 27, 1981 he married LeeAnn Frank with whom he celebrated nearly 39 years.

Jerry’s family owned and operated Hitchman’s Super Valu in Butler for generations. Jerry was proud to carry on the family tradition working at the store, running the store or literally living at the store for as long as he can remember. A pillar of the Butler community, he loved visiting with customers, better known as friends, talking with children and asking folks about their lives.

When he wasn’t at the store, you could find him drinking coffee at the Duke where he had a nickname for every one he crossed paths with.  He loved to ski at Clear Fork Ski Lodge and worked on ski patrol and as a race coach.  He loved to be outdoors, mushroom hunting in the spring, and spending countless hours on the golf course.  Jerry played on several leagues, but was particularly proud of being part of the Ryder Cup and Athletic Booster events at Pleasant Hill.

Music was an important part of everyday life for Jerry. Although he played in a few bands, he just loved to pick up a guitar and play alone or with friends.

Described as charismatic and a joker, Jerry never met a stranger.  He was patient, kind and had a genuine gift for making people laugh and getting lost.  He was most content spending time with his kids and grand kids.

He is survived by his wife LeeAnn Hitchman of Butler, son and daughter-in-law Aaron and Savannah Hitchman of Lucas, daughters and sons-in-law Alexis and Matthew Schwab of Norwalk, and Ashley and Heath Hamilton of Mansfield; five cherished grandchildren Leland, Everett, and Ivy Hitchman, Ronan Schwab and Emma Hamilton; siblings Terry Dean and Tammy Hitchman of Butler, and JoDee and Kim Derr of Lakeville; father-in-law John Frank of Butler; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Leslie and Steve Cox of Mineral Wells, WV; nieces and nephews Ben Hitchman, Sara Peiffer, Sadie Beougher, Kellie Donohoe, Bryan Derr, Ryan Cox and Jennifer Kellar, along with aunts, uncles and extended family members.

In addition to his parents, Jerry was preceded in death by his little sister Lora Lin Hitchman, and mother-in-law Nancy Frank.

Friends may call Thursday, June 18, 2020 from 3-8 pm in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home.  The funeral service will be held Friday at 11 am in Three Crosses Church, 12 Cleveland Street, Butler.  Pastor Ken Kinley will speak.  Burial will follow in Zion Four Corners Cemetery.

Donations in honor of Jerry may be made to Worthington Township-Hitchman Park Fund.

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  • So sorry for your loss , prayers for all . He was a great man to work for at Hitchman’s market . He always had a smile on his face .

  • wow where to begin worked with Jerry for a long long time he did not come across as a boss but as a friend.he knew we would do our job he had that much faith in his workers! He was a great MAN THANK-YOU for being you kind ,loving, SO sorry for your loss

  • Our deepest sympathy. Jerry was such a nice man. Our hearts go out to each and every one of you during this difficult time.

    Pam and Gerald Mowry

  • To the family,

    So sorry for your loss. Heartfelt and deepest condolences.

    Corey and Carrie Oyster

  • Prayers to the family, I am sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. I grew up across the street from the Hitchmans. I knew Jerry my hole childhood. Played all sports together as kids, might have even learned a trick or two from him. So sorry to hear this.

  • We are so very sorry for your loss my prayers are you.jerry was a great guy

  • My condolences to all the Hitchman family, Jerry was a kind loving man. Think the first time I saw Jerry other than at the store was at the ski resort. Remember when he met Leann at the resort, she’s a sweetheart. RIP Jerry fly high with those wings

  • LeeAnn and Family, so very sorry for your loss. Keeping you and your family in my prayers.

  • LeeAnn and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you all. I have such fond memories of skiing at Clear Fork with you guys, those of which I will cherish!

  • Leeann & family so sorry for your loss. Jerry was such a nice person.

    Candy, John Beveridge & Family.

  • I’m so sorry to hear about Jerry’s passing. I will always remember his greetings to me. First a smile. Then “hey Jonsey”. It was probably 1974 when Jerry purchased a brand new Les Paul guitar. I think he paid $750 for it which was a ton of money for a guitar at that time. One of the very first times he played it the guitar strap broke. The guitar hit the floor and bent one of the tuners. I felt horrible for Jerry. It didn’t seem to phase him. My prayers for the whole family.

  • Jerry you will be missed on those early morning coffee runs to the Duke and duchess. You always had a smile and a joke to tell me almost every morning. No one will take your place in my Lotto rubbing buddy and the money we’ve spent making those millions we haven’t won yet!!! I’ll scratch one for you tomorrow morning with my cup of coffee!! You will be greatly missed. Dad says he’ll take you golfing to Pleasant Hill.

  • Everyone in the Hitchman family, I’m very sorry for your loss. So many memories growing up next to your family. Sharing a basketball court, sand lot baseball and football game. I will always remember Jerry as a kind, hard working, quick with a joke and laugh. God bless all.

  • So sorry for your loss.. Our deepest sympathy and condolences to the family..

  • Sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. He was such a nice man always gave my kids a pretzel when we went into the store. Prayers for the family. I’ll miss seeing him at the Duke station.

  • Sorry for your loss!! Jerry was a idol in Butler!! To know him was to love him. Had a heart and he will be missed!! ❤️

  • I will miss you Jerry. I will Miss all the times you have called me and tormented me lovingly. I remember when I was pregnant for both my kids, I would come into the store and you would spot me clear from the back and yell real loud” Hey big Mama“ and then laugh hysterically. I would always be mortified to death and there was always lots of people in the store. You loved it, it made your day. And you know , down deep it made my day too 🙂. I am proud to be your cousin and so thankful that we grew up together. We had a great family and still do. I will see you again someday. I love you Jerry. Melinda

  • Dear LeeAnn, Jo Dee, Terry Dean and Families,

    We are sincerely so sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Jerry was involved in so many things in his lifetime; I remember when I took swimming lessons at the Bellville pool he also assisted the Red Cross instructors with kids in the water. Then when I took family in the store Jerry would always tease Bob and get him all fired up. He touched many lives in a good way and he will always be remembered with a smile! A truly nice guy!

    Sincerely, Becky Marth and family

  • Hugs and prayers for peace and comfort at this time. Sorry for your loss. Jerry always brought a smile to everyone🙂

  • Jerry was one of my favorites to play golf with down at Pebble Creek. We shared a lot of laughs in the A-League. He was just an all around great guy. We would always stop by Hitchman’s Market on our trips to Mohican. I still remember Jerry’s disappointment when the market closed. When I’d see him in Kroger all those years later we would reminisce on all of the great times. The world needs more people like Jerry Hitchman. My sincere condolences to his family.

  • Sincere condolences to LeeAnn and the entire Hitchman family. Prayers of peace and comfort.

  • Deepest sympathy to Jerry’s family. Jerry was a super nice guy and everyone loved him. So sorry to hear of his passing.

    Sending prayers!

    God Bless

  • Hugs & Prayers for the Hitchman family. So so sorry for your loss. A very nice man gone to soon.
    Hugs for you Jodi. May God lay his strong hands upon you carry you through this difficult time.

  • Gone way too soon. So sorry. I will cherish his memory and keep his family in my thoughts and prayers. Butler will be a poorer place with you gone my friend……

  • Hugs and much love to all. May God lift you up in the coming days and months. May He give you peace, strength and understanding to get you through. Fly high

  • Condolences to the Hitchman family. My dad worked at Hitchmans back in the day.
    – Sherry Blakely Curry

  • I am so sorry to hear about Mr. Hitchman. He was always so friendly each time I was there. Loved talking to him. Prayers for the Hitchman family & friends.

  • Hitchman Family

    I am so sorry for your family’s loss. Jerry was a really nice guy. I remember him stopping by our house one day with his guitar. When he found out my Mom’s name was Gloria; he played and sang the song Gloria G L O R I A Gloria to her.

    He certainly will be missed.

    Debbie Weikle

  • I have so many great memories those years in Butler, the store, rooms over swank’s house where we tried to be a rock band “Sons of Dawn”. Jerry had a great little car a Morris Minor one night in the rain we pushed it from CFHS to Butler. As I think more and more memories come to me. Jerry you were a great guy.
    Jerry’s family and friends so sorry for your loss.

    Keith Ward

  • Boy that hit me hard, I had no idea..I always enjoyed Jerry’s company for the couple years we spent at Butler junior high ,great guy ,, will be missed I’m sure by everybody in and around Butler or anybody that has met sorry..sad day ,,,❤️

  • So very sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences. Prayers for all the Hithman family.

  • My heart goes out to the Hitchman Family hugs and prayers I’m so sorry for the loss of.

    Kathy Eggerton

  • So sorry to hear about Jerry’s passing. He was one of a kind and I considered him a friend. We played lots of golf together and shared many laughs. He will be missed. God bless your family.

  • So very sorry for your loss, Sending our condolences and love in this time of grief.

  • Sending our Thoughts and Prayers! Jerry always had a pretzel for the boy’s when we went into grocery store.

  • Hard to believe he is gone. He was always a hard working man. I remember the old Store where I would see him breaking down boxes in the back of the store. Then taking over the new store for his parents. When I had my daughter he always called her kid lol then give her a pretzel. He will always be missed in butler. Prayers for all family members.

  • So sorry for your loss. I played music with Jerry last week. A very talented yet humble man. My condolences.

  • Too soon. So sorry to hear of my good friend passing. We had a lot of good times together; skiing & sports especially, and still didn’t get into any serious trouble (or get caught)!! He and the family are a Butler institution and he was a great guy & friend to many and will be missed.
    May great memories live on in your families hearts & time help heal your pain. I’ll miss him. Take care of each other.

    Steve Dall for the entire Dall family

  • LeeAnn & Family,
    Was so sad to hear of Jerry’s passing. Praying for strength for you and your family to get through this time of grieving. Offering my condolences to you. Wish I was there to support you as you did me several years ago. Love and prayers.

  • So sorry for the loss of this wonderful man that entertained all the grandchildren in our family many times. On behalf of the Bly family please know we are praying for you all and know that you are not alone as the many posts reveal. He was truly loved by many and will be missed by more.

  • The Cochran family is so sorry to hear about jerry. Some of us grew up with jerry and Terry dean. Jerry would take his dad, al, mr.beverage, and my dad,beanie golfing every thursday. They sure had a good time together. Jerry made their day. We sure will miss him. All our love to jerry’s family.

  • The Letizia family sends its condolences to the entire Hitchman family! Jerry and the entire Hitchman family have been huge staples in Valley! Much love to all!!!

  • My heart is truly broken. Sending love, thoughts and prayers to the family and loved ones to find peace and comfort during this time of sorrow.

  • Leann and kiddos.: I’m so heart broken by the loss of Jerry.: he was such a huge part of my childhood as was all the Hitchman family.. when my grandpa Reeder passed he was the first one there with food and groceries for us.. such a sweet man.. sending love.. hugs and prayers to all of you 🙁

    Jess (Coey) Hodge and family

  • One of the most valuable lessons Jerry taught me in life was how to gamble while golfing. We hit the links one day with a couple other guys, and as we loosened up on the tee box, Jerry asked “well what’s it gonna be today fellas?… $5000 no pay?”… We were a bit confused, but Jerry explained: “A ‘$5000 no pay’ bet is a bet for $5000 with the option to pay or not.. So we decided to play $5000 no pay on each hole. Jerry was up about $65000 on all of us after 18, but we decided on the ‘no pay’ option, and bought him a hot dog instead.

    This was Jerry. Humor to him was as natural as breathing. And it didn’t matter when or where you met him, you were laughing (unless he was telling you his joke about the Great Valdez).

  • LeeAnn and family so sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. He was one of a kind. Hugs and prayers to all your family❤️

  • LeeAnn and family: Jerry left many impressions, memories, and credits to his sometimes comical and latgely friendly character. My heart goes out to you.

  • Dear Hitchman Family,
    Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you each as you mourn the loss of your dearly beloved, Jerry. May the wonderful memories of him and your years together sustain you until you can be reunited.
    Even though I relocated from Butler many years ago, the love and memories I have of dear friends, esp. the Hitchman family, will remain with me forever.

  • My sincere condolence to all of the Hitchman family. May the memories you have made thru the years help during this time of grief. I especially remember all the times Jerry helped us out with Old Fashioned Days in the form of some good music. May he rest in peace with music to his ears.

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you now and in the days to come. Heaven gained another angel Sunday when Jerry spread his wings and flew. Please find comfort in faith, family and friends.

  • Our deepest sympathy and condolences to the whole Hitchman family.
    So sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. We all have many memories of Jerry and the old
    gang from the ski lodge. Good times!

  • To the family of Jerry Hitchman,
    I am very sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. He was an outstanding Butler citizen in every sense of the word. He will be missed by many. I attended Butler Elementary and Clear Fork High School with Jerry. I remember him constantly working at the Hitchman Market most of he time. I watched the beautiful video of his life. It was a wonderful collection of Jerry’s happy family life. What a rich heritage he left. Praying for you all and very sorry for your loss.

  • I’ll never forget Jerry and his band being the opening act for Ricky Nelson at the camp grounds at Loudenville. Those where great days.Will keep your family in my prayers.

  • So sorry for your loss. And it is a big loss. Jerry always made you feel better. I was fortunate to have known and worked with him. Prayers for all

  • So sorry to hear about Jerry. He was a very kind man and always greeted you with a smile. Prayers for the family.