Obituaries

Edgar Pitt of Clara City, and formerly of Montevideo, died Saturday, January 9, 2021 at Clara City Assisted Living at the age of 87. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 2:30 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Montevideo. Rev. Keith Brustuen will officiate and burial will be in Sunset Memorial Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be held on Friday, January 15, 2021 from 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church. A  prayer service will begin at 6:45 p.m. Masks and social distancing will be required for both the visitation and the prayer service. Edgar August Pitt was born May 22, 1933, at the Montevideo Hospital to Walter and Charlotte (Frank) Pitt. He was baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Clara City and was confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Montevideo. Beginning at the age of 11, he spent his summers farming with his uncle, Walter Frank, on the home place. That brought so much joy to him. Later, that is where he raised his family. He attended Montevideo Public School and graduated in 1951. He married Arlene Christenson on November 24, 1955 at Jevnaker Lutheran Church. He worked as a butcher in Redwood Falls and Montevideo until he started farming in 1957. They lived in Havelock Township until moving to Montevideo in 1982. When they moved to Montevideo, he worked as a butcher at Hill Grocery and then Roger’s Jack & Jill in Clara City until he retired in 2000. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and was active on the Board of Elders for many years. He also helped with many youth activities in church and 4-H. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing, bird-watching, traveling and trips to the lake. Family was especially important to him. Ed is survived by his four children – Jeffrey (and Cheryl) Pitt of Willmar, Pamela (and George) Eklund of Montevideo, Sherry (and Tim) Hanson of Willmar, and Kimberly (and Rod) Boike of Maynard; seven grandchildren – Nathan Pitt, Christin Pitt (special friend, Bryan Aeikens), Kayla (and Kobie) Morrill, Corey (and Hannah) Hanson, Kari (and Dan) Hormann, Dr. Erin (and Jon) Spies, and Evan (and Jessi) Boike; eight great-grandchildren – Kian Pitt, Blake Hanson, Alaina Hanson, Karli Hanson, Ethan Hormann, Nolan Hormann, Liam Hormann and Emmi Boike; one brother, Gordon (and Carole) Pitt of Coon Rapids; one brother-in-law, Milfred (and Ruth) Christenson of Lincoln, Neb.; one sister-in-law, Ione Noble of Montevideo; and many nieces and nephews. Ed is preceded in death by his wife Arlene in 1998; his parents Walter and Charlotte Pitt; his in-laws Casper and Inga Christenson; brother Roland Pitt; brothers-in-law Art Christenson, Clifford Christenson, Selmer Christenson, Harold Christenson, Delbert Christenson; sisters-in-law Elna Jacobson, Lois Hoefs, Avis Kittelson, Barb Bosch; and several nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given to Hospice of Willmar, American Cancer Society, Dementia Society of America or American Heart Association.

Published on January 13, 2021