John D. "Dan" Dritt Jr.

April 21, 1954May 25, 2018

John D. “Dan” Dritt, Jr. 64, of Nashville, IN, a former Columbus resident, died at his home in Nashville, Indiana. He was born in Lafayette, Indiana April 21, 1954, the son of John D. Dritt, Sr. and Dorothy Jane Ball Dritt. Dan grew up in Columbus and started taking guitar lessons from Tom Pickett at a very early age. In Junior High School Dan and two close friends, Barry Johnson and Steve Linderman formed a band “The Dark Syde”. They became very popular at school dances and other venues. They stayed together all through High School until other responsibilities sent them separate ways. Dan lived in Florida for 17 years and he also toured with The Clover Willis Band, played with George Jones and Tammy Wynette and played with the “Byrde Castle Show”. They had several “Dark Syde” reunions in the last few years and in 2008 he moved to Nashville, Indiana where he and Barry still played together at the Winery. He is survived by a sister, Susan Dritt (Don) Doty of Scipio; daughter, Danielle Dritt of Lakeland, FL; 3 grandchildren. Services will be at a later date with private inurnment.


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John D. "Dan" Dritt Jr.

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Susie Dritt Doty

June 2, 2018

Dan was (and still is!) my big brother. He was the one that gave me my middle name. Annette, Because he really liked Annette 0n the Mickey Mouse Club. I do want to tell everyone that he taught guitar at Tom Picketts for several years. He has played guitar all his life. I think he was the best player around. He would always play Beatle songs for me so I could sing along. There is one memory I will share. I was in the Arts Guild in JR High. we were doing a play at The Rio (downtown Columbus) I don't remember the name of the play but it had Beatles theme and The Dark Syde was playing all the music. It was so much fun to be in a play together , especially at that age . Dan , you are with mom and dad now in Heaven, but I WISH you were here with me. REST NOW,YOU DESERVE IT !! I know you are at peace now, knowing that is all that is getting me through this.

Mary Georgiana Carper

May 31, 2018

I loved him very much. He was my ex husband. He was talented and kind. May he rest in peace. Go on angels wings. Love, Georgie

Danielle Dritt

May 28, 2018