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Talbert Wilmont Pittenger, 94, of rural Columbia City, died at 3:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at Parkview Oaks where he had been a resident for the past two weeks.
He was born July 18, 1918, in Union Township, a son of Wayne G. and Mary R. (Worden) Pittenger. A lifelong Whitley County resident, he graduated from Coesse High School in 1936.
On Aug. 17, 1940, he was united in marriage to Georgianna Miller. They made their home on Shriner Lake. Mrs. Pittenger died Jan. 9, 1950.
On Sept. 17, 1943, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving during World War II. He was honorably discharged Dec. 16, 1945.
A retiree of International Harvester, he retired Feb. 1, 1975, with more than 38 years of service.
On May 5, 1951, he was united in marriage to Virginia M. Meredith. They made their home in Columbia City until 1960, when they moved to their home on Raber Road. In 1975, they began spending their winters in Florida. Mrs. Pittenger died Oct. 26, 2002.
On Nov. 7, 2003, he married Doris E. (Schrader) Fenker. They have always made their home in Columbia Township.
He attended Oak Grove Church of God and was a member of American Legion Post #98, V.F.W. Post #5582, Eagles Lodge #1906, Columbia City Lodge #189 F. & A. M., Scottish Rite, Mizpah Shrine, Tidevue Shuffle Board Club and Tidevue Masonic Lodge in Florida.
Surviving relatives include his wife, Doris; two daughters, Rita (Bart) Toomey of Gainesville, Ga. and Sharon (Fred) Cearbaugh of Columbia City; five stepchildren, Dennis (Kathy) Fenker, Sharon (Dwight) Alexander, Karen (Jerry) Wigent, Shirley Law and Terry (Susan) Fenker, all of Columbia City; a daughter-in-law, Dianne Pittenger of Columbia City; six grandchildren; 17 stepgrandchildren; 59 great-grandchildren and 14 great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to his first and second wife, he was preceded in death by a son, Roger Pittenger; a grandson, Leonard Cearbaugh; and three brothers, Richard, Gary and Joe Mack Pittenger.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. The visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home with a Masonic Service at 6 p.m.
The burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery with military honors presented.
Preferred memorials are to Shriners Hospitals for Children or Oak Grove Church of God. Condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.