John Frank Truitt

October 15, 1942December 25, 2020
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John Frank Truitt, 78, of Bowie MD, left this world peacefully on December 25th after a valiant brave battle with Covid 19.

John was born on October 15, 1942 to Francis and Sara Truitt in South East Washington, DC. After graduating from Suitland High School in 1960, John started his career. He worked at Janco Greenhouse in Laurel, MD where he ended up being the shop foreman for 45 years. He also loved gardening, hunting, grilling and most of all cooking great Italian food.

One day while riding his bike down 59th Avenue in Capital Heights, MD he caught a glimpse of a girl riding her bike and he asked his friend who she was, his friend said Barbara Forami. John’s exact words were “that’s a girl I could marry one day”.

Eventually he met that young girl that was riding her bike and the two married on June 19, 1966. Their love was one for the books, they were so happy and stayed in love until he took his final breath. They have been married 54 years but together for 60 years.

John will be lovingly remembered for his humor, love and kindness. John is survived by his wife, Barbara Truitt, two children Michelle & Michael, three grandchildren, Andrew, Tyler and Jackson, Sisters, Annette, Joanne and Arlene and many nieces, nephews and extended family. John’s family, many friends and colleagues will cherish their memoires of happy times together with him for many more years to come. He will be forever in our hearts.

Family and friends will gather at the Robert E. Evans Funeral Home, 16000 Annapolis Road, Bowie, Maryland 20715 from 4 pm to 7 pm on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. A Graveside Service will be held 11 am, Thursday, January 7, 2021 at Cedar Hill Cemetery, 4111 Pennsylvania Avenue, Suitland, Maryland.


  • Barbara Truitt, Spouse
  • Michelle Truitt, Daughter
  • Michael Truitt, Son
  • Sisters: Annette, Joanne and Arlene

    Grandchildren: Andrew, Tyler and Jackson


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, January 6, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, January 7, 2021


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Pamela & Stephen Gray

January 11, 2021

We were deeply saddened when John got sick and prayed he would get better. He was a very strong man and didn't give up easy. I know he is no longer suffering and at eternal peace now. I will always have all of my fond and special memories throughout the last 25 years with all the celebrations and holidays I got to spend with him and the family. John was a lot of fun and truly loved his family. You will be missed greatly and never forgotten. We love you forever.

Steve & Pamela Gray

Susan Hughes

January 8, 2021

I’m truly saddened to hear of John’s passing. I have many fond memories of him. In my teen years being friends with Michelle made me feel like family. I saw firsthand the love he had for Barbara and the pride he had in Michael & Michelle. He was a father figure to Johnny & Timmy. His love of family was like no other. I got to take part in the feast he & Barbara would make on holidays and any occasion to celebrate. I took family vacations to Ocean City with them and was always treated as family. Love was always in the air & those fortunate to be there felt it. His humor could make anyone laugh. He taught us to appreciate the classic rock music and I still enjoy it today. He taught us there’s pride in good work, love of family & kindness. He was a one of a kind man who will never be forgotten. John was a man that men should inspire to be. He showed what true love and family really mean. Prayers of strength, healing & love.

Michelle Truitt

January 7, 2021

For My Dad:
I know that no matter what, you will always be with me. When life separates us, I’ll know it is only your soul saying goodbye to your body But your spirit will be with me always. When I see a bird chirping on a nearby branch,
I will know it is you singing to me. When a butterfly brushes gently by me,
I will know it is you assuring me you are free from pain. When the gentle fragrance of a flower catches my attention, I will know it is you reminding me to appreciate the simple things in life. When the sun shining through my window awakens me,
I will feel the warmth of your love.
When I hear rain pitter patter against my window sill, I will hear your words of wisdom and remember that you taught me so well. That without rain, trees cannot grow. Without rain, flowers cannot bloom. Without life’s challenges, I cannot grow strong. No matter where I am, your spirit will be beside me. For I know that no matter what you will always be with me. Rest Easy Dad XOXO Shell Shell

Larissa (Allen) Bolz

January 6, 2021

Enjoyed the holidays we were able to spend together.

Lisa Fusco (Lagana)

January 6, 2021

Dearest Barbara and family. My sincere condolences to all of you during these sad days. John will forever remain in the hearts of all of his loved ones. May he rest in eternal peace. Sending lots of love and kisses.

Take care,

Cheryl Lewis

January 6, 2021

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family we are so sorry to hear of the passing of John no words could express how sorry we feel in our hearts for you all cherish your memories I love you guys again so sorry 💜💜💜🙏🙏🙏🦋🦋🦋

Charlotte Bradley (Lagana)

January 5, 2021

Dear Barbara and Family, I'm deeply sorry to hear about the passing of John. May he rest in peace and may God give you strength and comfort. 🙏

Joann Truitt-Allen

January 5, 2021

I remember living in Washington D.C. and my brother Johnny and I walked from our house to the Anacostia river, after our mother told us to never go there. After playing with his metal toy soldiers he would leave them in the grass where they couldn't be seen and I would step on them with my bare feet and that hurt. In the summer my mother and aunt would pack a picnic lunch and we would go to Mayo beach on the Chesapeake Bay with our cousins. Our Christmas and Fourth of July celebrations were the best time of the year, a tradition he continued. He bought me my first gun and showed me how to use it. He taught me how to drive when he bought his first new car, a 1964 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu. When I married in 1966, he gave me away, since our father had passed away . These are but a few of many memories.

I loved him more that he ever new. Sleep sweet Prince.

"If tears could build a stairway and memories were a lane
I would walk right up to heaven and bring you back again"



January 2, 2021

Dearest Barb, Michelle and Mike. My family and I wish to send you love and support at this very hard time. We had heard John was having a lot of health issues. He was a good man. May you be blessed by his love. Keep his memories in your heart.

Jinx, Kelly and Family

Greg Wist

December 31, 2020

Really miss our Friday evening phone calls. You were a great friend. My ear still rings from the night you shot your 45 next to my ear. Great times at your bar listening to awesome music. Will always love you