William C. “Bill” Pittenger

September 02, 1947 ‒ November 12, 2020

Lexington, Ohio

LEXINGTON: Making a genuine difference in the lives of others does not require brilliance or riches, beauty or perfection; it just requires a caring heart.  Bill Pittenger, wanting to help others, suited him for his position with the Richland County Chapter of the American Red Cross. He had an ability to reach out and comfort those in a time of need.

Bill passed into the Lord’s care Thursday, November 12, 2020 from OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital from complications of COVID-19. He was 73.

Born William Corbett Pittenger September 2, 1947 in Mansfield to Warren Adin and Helene (Humphries) Pittenger, he was graduated from Lexington High School in 1965.

After his service with the U.S. Marine Corps, Bill returned home and helped his father operate the family farm on Mill Run Road outside Lexington while also working in production at PPG in Crestline. Following a critical life event, and medical retirement, Bill began volunteering with the Red Cross as Disaster Relief Director. This led to a position as Executive Director of the Richland County Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Sometimes God brings just the right person into our lives, and something amazing happens. It was at Red Cross that he met Linda, his partner in love, friendship and faith.

A member of North Woodbury Alliance Church, Bill enjoyed reading (Westerns, war histories and Tom Clancy novels). He was soft-spoken, with a quirky personality and sense of humor – you just weren’t sure what was going to come out of his mouth next. His gentleness extended to the animal kingdom: pets were always a part of the house. Dogs, cats, even the barn animals were worthy of his affection.

Farming remained dear to Bill.  Tractors were his toys (mowing, and lawn tractor races with grandkids were high culture on the Pittenger place!).

Beyond all that Bill did, he will be remembered for who he was: a caring man who loved his family.

He is survived by his wife Linda (Schag) Pittenger; a son Nathan (Danica) Pittenger of Monument, CO; a daughter Erin (Ben) Ricker of Mansfield; step children Julie (Rick) Hidinger of West Liberty, Jana Frasier of Shoshone, ID, and Jesse (Carla) Packer of Colorado Springs, CO; grandchildren Caleb, Natalie and Mackenzie Ricker and Walter Pittenger; several step grandchildren; sisters Julia Willacker of Plymouth, Kay (Ed) Ault of Ontario, and Karen (Jim) Fox of Butler; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Judy (Jay) Walker, Alex (Vicky) Schag, and Vince (Wendy) Schag all of Mansfield; and numerous nieces and nephews.

His parents preceded him in death.

The Pittenger family will receive guests Tuesday, November 17, 2020 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where his funeral service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. Pastor Cory Schnuerer will officiate.

Contributions in his memory to either North Woodbury Alliance Church or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital may be made at the funeral home.

Share a memory or message of support with the Pittenger family – and watch his tribute video – online at: SnyderFuneralHomes.com

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  • Linda and family:
    My deepest sympathy for you and your family.
    My Prayers and thoughts for your family; that you will be filled with God’s presence in this time of sorrow and grief.

  • Linda, Erin and family, We are so sorry to hear of Bill’s home going. What comfort knowing that he is healthy and whole finally but what a huge hole his loss will leave in the lives of all those who love him. We will be in prayer for you all in the days and weeks ahead as you adjust to this new normal. God bless you all and may His all sufficient grace meet your every need.
    With Love and prayers for you all, Lois and Larry

  • Linda, Erin & Family,
    We are so sorry to hear about Bill’s illness and passing. We can’t imagine how hard a loss this is for you. We remember Bill as a kind and lighthearted man. You are in our prayers and hope that you can sense that the God who is near to the brokenhearted is truly with you now.
    Ben & Dara Harriger

  • Erin & Ben, our prayers are with you during this difficult time. May you feel the peace that only He can provide. Bill & Joan Thurber

  • Linda and family, We are so sorry for your loss. Please know that we are praying for you. Hal and Margie Hildebrand

  • Bill didn’t graduate with us, the St. Peter’s class of ’65, but we forgot. He was one of us, and always will be. We all remember him as quiet, kind, always helpful, and quick with a smile for everyone. We were hoping to see him again at our 55th next October. He will be missed.
    Our sympathies to all his Family. RIP Bill!
    Mary Lewis & St. Peter’s class of ’65

    • Bill used to talk about being at St Pete’s until his senior year. He said he was a bit onery! He used to take us to Christmas Eve Mass for many years

  • With fondest memories of Bill, my condolences go to his family. May you celebrate his life and remember him with love always.

  • Linda & Family –
    My condolences to you upon learning of Bill’s passing. Happy to say I knew Bill and we were fellow classmates at LHS. I remember him caring for everyone and everyone being his friend. He indeed, was a friend to all. Please know my thoughts are with you during this very difficult time.
    Bob Palm

  • Linda,
    We are so sorry for your loss.
    It was always good to always see you both sitting in the sanctuary.
    Wish we would have had more time to visit.
    You are in our prayers for sure.
    Let us know if there is anything we can do.

  • Erin, I’m so sorry for your loss. Bill sounds like an amazing man. I will continue to pray for you and your family.

  • I am so sorry about Bill. I remember him from St. Peter’s. Let’s hope we can wipe out Covid and stop senseless deaths.
    Take care .