Russell Dale Pittman

November 7, 1947November 17, 2013
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Russell Dale Pittman, 66, of Atwater, passed away on Sunday, November 17, 2013 following a recent illness.

Russell was born in Atwater, Ohio on November 7, 1947 to parents Russell and Helen Pittman. Russell enjoyed a 43 year long career with East Mfg Corp in Randolph, Ohio, most recently as the Director of Facilities & Manufacturing Processes. He was a US Army veteran of the Vietnam War where he was involved in flight operations at Da Nang airbase. Russell had a number of hobbies he enjoyed. During his time at Da Nang Airbase, he developed a love for flying. He later became a private pilot and very much enjoyed flying his Piper Warrior plane with his friends and family. He held multi-rated pilot licenses and was Instrument Flight Rated. He also piloted charter business flights. Russell was an adept marksman and enjoyed the shooting sports of Skeet, Trap, and Sporting Clays and over the years held a number of records. One of his biggest interests was engineering and vehicle design and currently holds numerous patents within his company.

Russell is survived by his wife of 46 years, Connie (Strong) Pittman and his sons: Dale (Julia) Pittman and Bryan (Ronda) Pittman. Surviving also is his sister Ruth Ann (Don) McDonald and his beloved dog, Cocoa.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his two sisters, Carol and Leah.

Family will receive friends at the Wood-Kortright-Borkoski Funeral Home, 703 E. Main St., Ravenna on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. where funeral services, officiated by Pastor David Ballert, will be held on Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. Interment will follow at Atwater Cemetery.

Condolences and memories may be shared at

(Wood-Kortright-Borkoski 330-296-6436)


  • Visitation Wednesday, November 20, 2013
  • Funeral Service Thursday, November 21, 2013

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Gary and Joann Scott

November 27, 2013

We were very sorry to hear of the passing of Russ. It was a privilege to share with him many memories at East Mfg. May the Lord grant to you, Connie, and to the rest of the family, comfort and strength.

Brian & Jodi Pruzan

November 26, 2013

Cheers to the fond and wonderful memories! Our condolences and best to all his loved ones.

Hannah @Invacare

November 25, 2013

My deepest sympathies to the Pittman family.

Brandy Pascley

November 25, 2013

I am sorry to hear the loss of your loved one. His memory will live on as long as you carry it! God bless your family and remember how blessed you were to borrow an angel even if it wasn't as long as you'd hoped.

Ken leonard

November 22, 2013

Connie and family our thoughts and prayers are with you. I have great memories of the times spent traveling and shooting sporting clays with Russ! He was a man of great knowledge, and I learned a lot from him while traveling and talking about work. He was very proud of Dale and Bryan as young engineers and their accomplishments. He will be truly missed by all..

Ken and Lori Leonard

Hillary @Invacare

November 21, 2013

My condolesces to the entire Pittman family. Having experienced a similar loss early in my life I wish you strength and peace as you transition your lifes.

Jennifer Garey

November 20, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. You have our deepest sympathy. Chuck and Jenny Garey

November 20, 2013

Dale and Julie, may your cherished memories of your father provide comfort during this very difficult time. Although I did not know him personally, he raised Dale to be a very good friend and mentor to my son George over many years which is truly a reflection of the type of father he was. I am very sorry for your loss.

Annette Vidonish

Cathy and Norm Creter

November 20, 2013

Over the years I often thought about him and the kids. Uncle Rusty was so handy. While his mother was alive I had a broken down lift which she wanted to use. I called him and told him what was going on. A couple of days later he drove all the way from Atwater to Cleveland and got the lift working for her that same day. I know he loved to tinker in his giant barn. He will be missed by all.

joe cameron

November 20, 2013

prayers and thoughts and our hearts go out to you and his friends in this time of sorrow he surely will be missed by us all. joe cameron and todd cameron