John Odus Pitzer (1929 - 1979)

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Born June 6, 1929
Died January 14, 1979 in Hutchinson, Reno County County, Kansas at 49 years old. The cause of death is listed as: cancer
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Parent: Bessie Ann Hill Pitzer





Hutchinson, Reno County, Kansas

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at Memorial Park Cemetery,
Hutchinson, Kansas


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John Odus Pitzer (1929 - 1979) was born on June 6, 1929. He was born into the Pitzer family.

He was born to Bessie Ann Hill Pitzer, and was an only child. John died on January 14, 1979 in Hutchinson, Reno County, Kansas at 49 years old. His cause of death is listed as: cancer. He was buried on January 17, 1979 in Memorial Park Cemetery, Hutchinson, Kansas.

John Odus Pitzer's last known residence is at Hutchinson, Reno County, Kansas.

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Sixth child and second son of Bessie Ann (Hill) Pitzer and James Paul Pitzer was born June 6, 1929, in Modesto, California. After his father's disappearance he lived one year with his mother on his Grandparents farm and one year with his Grandmother Pitzer in Oklahoma. He then moved back with his brothers and sisters and mother into a rental home at 1000 East First, Hutchinson, Kansas. This would have been about 1940. During the World War II years he lived part of the time with his Uncle Ralph (Sam) and Aunt Katie Hill on the same farm his Grandfather and Grandmother Hill had lived on. While living with them he attended the one-room Fairview Grade School. He then worked for other farmers, one I believe was a Mr. Rush Greene, where he attended Nickerson, Kansas, High School, but never finished. While attending Nickerson High School he met Margery Secrest. On June 6, (John's birthday), 1948, he married Margery Ann Secrest. The wedding was held on the lawn at the home of Margery's parents south of Sterling, Kansas. John work for several farmers in the Rice and Reno County areas in Kansas. A couple I remember was a Mr. Doug Wright, around Sterling, Kansas, and a Mr. Johnson who had a farm near the Arkansas river southeast of Hutchinson, Kansas. Mr. Johnson was the John Deere Implement Dealer, in Hutchinson, Kansas at that time. When Margery and John were first married they live on west third in Hutchinson, Kansas, about the 1400 block, I think. John worked for a company that built silo's for farmers, I don't remember the company's name. He later worked at the Morton Salt Co. and Moonlighted at various other jobs. John worked part time building houses for Kightlinger lumber Company and later went into business for himself doing installation work for Sears Roebuck and Co. John always had time to help others who need him for some odd job. He was probably the hardest working of the Pitzer boys. John and Margery Ann were the parents of three children - two boys and one girl. While the youngest was still in High School, margery divorced John. Later John was remarried to Judith Ann (Chesterman) Baliszewski. She had three daughters by a former marriage. Following a long battle with bone cancer, John passed away on January 14, 1979. He is buried in Memorial Park Cemetery, (same as his mother and several Aunts and Uncles), west of Hutchinson, Kansas.
One of my first memories was of Johnny and my other brothers Jimmie and Clarence going to Winans Grade School in Hutchinson, Kansas. I was starting to Kindergarten, year must have been, 1942. John being the oldest was delegated to take charge of enrolling me into Kindergarten class. I was probably the only one there enrolled by his big brother rather than his mother. He did a wonderful job and I will always be grateful to him.

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