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John Odus Pitzer
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Birth: Jun. 6, 1929
Modesto
Stanislaus County
California, USA
Death: Jan. 14, 1979
Hutchinson
Reno County
Kansas, USA

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BIO: JOHN ODUS PITZER:
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 Hill Grandparents farm and one year with his Pitzer Grandparents 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. While attending Nickerson High School he met Margery Secrest. On June 6, (John's birthday), 1948, he married Margery Ann Secrest daughter of Ralph Secrest and Grace Pearl O'Bleness 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 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. Visit Pitzer website for more.

 
 
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 Parents:
  James Paul Pitzer (1898 - 1938)
  Bessie Ann Hill Pitzer King (1900 - 1991)
 
 Siblings:
  Lorene Anna Pitzer Lewis (1920 - 1997)*
  Pearl Juanita Pitzer Grant (1925 - 1970)*
  John Odus Pitzer (1929 - 1979)
  James David Pitzer (1930 - 2011)*
  Clarence Lee Pitzer (1933 - 2008)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Memorial Park Cemetery
Hutchinson
Reno County
Kansas, USA
GPS (lat/lon): 38.05223, -98.02166
 
Created by: Phillip H. Pitzer
Record added: Jan 09, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 10296565
John Odus Pitzer
Added by: Phillip H. Pitzer
 
John Odus Pitzer
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John Odus Pitzer
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