William C. “Bill” Pittenger
September 02, 1947 ‒ November 12, 2020
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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