Jesse “Buddy” Pitchford, 86, of New Athens, IL; born June 16, 1926 in Tamaroa, IL; passed away on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, IL.
Mr. Pitchford was a coal miner for 35 years. He was a United States Navy Veteran serving in World War II. He was a member of St. Agatha Catholic Church in New Athens, IL; the Knights of Columbus; the United Mine Workers of America. Buddy was an avid golfer achieving 3 holes in one. He belonged to the North County Country Club in Red Bud, IL. He was also a huge Chicago Cubs fan. One of Buddy’s proudest moments in life was when he pitched a no-hitter his senior year in high school in 1944. Most of all he was a loving father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend.
He is preceded in death by his parents – Jesse and Eula, nee Marlow, Pitchford. 1 son – Richard Pitchford. 1 sister – Eleanor Walker.
He is survived by his very special friend and partner for the last 25 years – Barbara Knewitz. His children – Greg Pitchford; Laura (Mark) Amann; Leslie (Paul) Hargrove; John (Stefanie) Pitchford; Lisa Wahlig ; Gerry Pitchford. 17 grandchildren – Art Pitchford; Lindsey (Roger) Middendorf; Aaron Litteken; Scott Amann; Alex Amann; Clare Amann; Adrienne Hurst; Jake (Jamie) Hurst; Hailey Hargrove; Hannah Pitchford; Nick Pitchford; Casey Pitchford; Corey Pitchford; Katie (Brandon) Waeltz; Sam Wahlig; Lorren Pitchford; Nate Pitchford. 8 great grandchildren – Brendan Litteken; Brady Middendorf; Brett Middendorf; Brooks Middendorf; Aubrey Waeltz; Addison Pitchford; Trinity Heintz; Jaxon Heintz. And many nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or St. Agatha Catholic School.
Visitation: Friends may call at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL on Friday, September 14, 2012 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm (prayer service at 4:00pm) and on Saturday, September 15, 2012 from 9:00am to 9:30am.
Funeral: Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 10 a.m. at St. Agatha Catholic Church in New Athens, IL with Father James Nall officiating.
Burial: Interment will be held in St. Agatha Catholic Cemetery in New Athens, IL.
Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL is in charge of arrangements