Howard “Howie” Dewitt Pitman Jr., 53, of Choteau passed away Tuesday March 15, 2022 near his favorite spot in Teton Canyon.
Cremation has taken place under the direction of Gorder-Jensen Funeral Home and a Celebration of Howie’s life will take place on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 at 11 am at Gorder-Jensen Funeral Home followed by interment in Choteau Cemetery with Military Honors.,
Howie was born February 2, 1969 in Frankfurt, Germany to Howard Sr. and Joan (Wainwright) Pittman-Stone. Howard Sr. was in the United States Army. Howie graduated from Trinity Christen Academy with a focus on mechanics with the class of 1987.
After high school Howie joined the United States Air Force and served for 20 years. He was a career airman who achieved a rank of Technical Sergeant and was an engineer and heavy-equipment specialist with the 819th RED HORSE squadron before his retirement in 2007. He was a decorated veteran who had served during the Gulf War and during the Global War on Terrorism conflict after the events of 9/11. He spent 6 years of foreign service for our country. After his military service he worked at Teton medical center as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) for several years before becoming a licensed practical nurse (LPN). He left that position after finding his passion for correctional nursing with the Cascade County Detention Center.
Howie loved the great outdoors; he enjoyed bushcraft, hunting, camping and fishing. He enjoyed spending quality time with his children. When his sons were younger, he took them rock climbing. With his younger daughters and step kids his made “Wookie Suits” and they would play hide and seek in the woods.
Howie is survived by his wife Jessie (Jenkins) Pittman of Choteau; his mother Joan (Wainwright) Stone and step-father John Stone of Georgia. His sons Ivan (Noki) Pittman of Germany; Joshua Pittman of Illinois; Kirtus Pittman of Montana; Hunter Watkins of Choteau. His daughters Megan Schoonover of Indiana; Lucimae and Evelyn Pittman of Fairfield; Summer Watkins of Choteau and Rowynne Pittman of Choteau. His sisters Sarah (Jon) Shurden and Shirley (Matt) Girard both of Georgia as well as 2 grandchildren, 2 nieces; 2 mothers of his children Crystal Polutnik of Montana and Resa Forsyth of Fairfield and numerous friends and family and others that he loved.
Howie was preceded in death by his son Graydon Perry Pittman and father Howard Dewitt Pittman Sr.
In lieu of flowers donations in Howie’s name can be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
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