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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Danielle Sonderegger

January 28, 2019

dad, you we're my everything. Every time that my life fell apart you would always put me back together. One time he needed putting back together I was not there for you. That will forever weigh heavy on my soul. Now I don't know how to put myself back together. Everyday I put one foot in front of the other and just remember you always telling me, everybody and everything is always where they're supposed to be. You are my best friend. I love you.

Maggie Cooper

January 27, 2019

Danny, I sure do miss you. You are always on my mind when I go into town or Columbus. I don't know if you can hear me talking to you but it seems like I always do. I'm glad you are not here in this cold, it was always hard for you to dress warm enough. I miss you my friend.

Don Williams

January 25, 2019

Danny and I knew each other since H.S. I occasionally had the privilege of singing with "The Syde" in those days but he and I developed a special bond after high school, playing together until he moved to FLA and we lost touch for several years. When he returned home we rekindled that special bond with me singing at the Dark Syde reunions and playing acoustic music with Barry and Carolyn Dutton. He was like a brother to me and there's not a day that goes by that I don't think about him-RIP old friend...I

Donnie Ofauburndale

January 24, 2019

I knew Dan during the late Birdie Castle Show days, in the Winter Haven area, liked him and his playing...sorry to hear he's left us...Best Wishes, Donnie

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