Jim Pitman

James E. (Jim) Pitman of Coon Rapids passed away peacefully on Aug. 16, 2022 after a short bout of melanoma and leukemia. He was 91 years of age.

Jim was born Dec. 31, 1930 in Leon, Iowa, grew up there, graduating from high school in 1949 and married high school sweetheart, Myrna R. Hubbard on May 18, 1952.

He enlisted in the Navy and served from 1951 till 1954. He was stationed in Quonset Point, RI with duties in the Mediterranean. A new career took Jim and Myrna to Colorado and Missouri and settled in Jefferson, IA in 1959 where they raised three daughters.

Through the years Jim pursued careers with the Des Moines Register and Tribune, Jefferson Bee and Herald and Woodman Accident and Life Insurance Company. He later turned to enjoy the restaurant business with ownerships of East End in Lakeview, the Beaver Steak House and Klassi Klub in Grand Junction. In retirement, Jim and Myrna spent time in Minnesota and Texas. Jim was always up for a fishing trip or checking out local watering holes with friends. He and Myrna were season ticket holders for the Iowa Hawkeyes where that passion ran deep.

Myrna preceded Jim in death in 2007. Jim is survived by daughters Rebecca (David) Key in Minneapolis, MN, Joyce (Jim) Kurth in Jefferson, IA and Susan Pitman in Ankeny, brother Chuck (Twing) Pitman from Chapel Hill, NC, four grandchildren and two great-grandsons.

The family would like to thank Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home for cremation and arrangements. At a later date, the family will gather for memorial and special time together.

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