David Lyle Pitman, 67, of Corning, IA passed away on Friday, October 15, 2021 at Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs, IA. A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, October 24, 2021 at 2pm at Miner Pavilion in New Market, IA. A reception will follow with family greeting friends until 4:30pm. Casual attire is requested. Memorial contributions may be directed to the family.
David was born on December 4, 1953 in Killeen, TX to Lyle and Marie Pitman. The family moved to a farm south of New Market, IA when Dave was 6 weeks old. In his childhood, David enjoyed Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Little League. He attended New Market Community Schools where he was active in FFA, Football, Basketball, Baseball, and Track. After graduating in the Class of 1972, Dave began his construction career with Central Paving Corp. in Indianola, IA where he operated heavy equipment for a few years before returning home to the farm.
On October 24, 1980, David met Denise Walter at the Nodaway Town Pump where they shared their first dance. Dave and Denise were married on February 20, 1982 in Villisca, IA. The newlyweds made their first home on his grandparents’ farm south of New Market where they raised Hereford cattle and variety of crops. David also served as a Special Deputy with the Taylor County Sheriff’s Dept. In 1985, Dave and Denise moved to Indianola, IA where David returned to work with Central Paving as a Blade and Crane Operator until 1988. He then accepted a job at Warren County Roads Dept. where he would work for 26 years as a Blade Operator and Grade Foreman. David was also the owner of Dave’s Carpet Cleaning, and he serviced nearly 250 customers during his 10 years in business.
In 1991, on Dave’s 38th birthday, Michelle Lanae was born. She was always his pride and joy, and he provided unwavering support through all her pursuits and endeavors. The Pitman family lived in the Indianola area for 30 years until David retired in 2014. Dave and Denise moved to Corning, and David joined Bissell Family Farms where he renewed his love for farming and worked with them until the spring of 2020. Most recently, Dave bartended at The Pub in Corning.
David was a Masonic District Lecturer for the Plumb Lodge #285 - Siam for many years. He was also actively involved in the Adams County Shrine Club - Corning and Za-Ga-Zig Shrine - Altoona. One of his proudest achievements was earning his Small Aircraft Pilot Certification with which he flew Cessna and Cherokee airplanes. Dave enjoyed old western movies, playing cribbage and pitch, shooting pool, and two-stepping to country music. He spent many of his evenings sitting on the porch enjoying the countryside. Fall was his favorite time of year.
David was preceded in death by his parents Lyle and Marie Pitman, brother Don Pitman, and father-in-law Franklin (“Red”) Walter. Left to cherish Dave’s memory are his wife Denise, daughter Michelle (Brad Cuykendall) of Corning, IA; brother Doug (Rhonda) Pitman of Granger, IA; mother-in-law Ruby Walter of Villisca, IA; in-laws Trish (Roy) Johnson of Gravity, IA; and Colleen (Kory) Thatcher of Minden, NE; nieces/nephews: Julie Pitman (Joey Dyer), Lisa Pitman, Samuel Pitman, Jessica Johnson, Ryan Johnson (Abby Weiss), Jennifer Johnson, and Laney Thatcher; as well as many other family members, co-workers, and friends.