Paul Eldon Pittenger, of Wellston, died Wednesday, November 2, 2016 after an extended period of failing health, in the home where he was born 91 years ago. At the end his care was managed by Adena Hospice.
He is survived by his wife, Julia (McKnight), and several nieces and nephews.
Eldon was very proud of his service during WW II in the U.S. Navy. After graduating from Submarine School in New London, CT, he served as a Specialist in the Pacific Theatre.
After his service in the Navy he studied at the Engineering College of Ohio University. He then worked at McNally Pittsburgh in Wellston designing coal preparation plants. He went on to work at Mead Central Research where he retired. After retirement he enjoyed traveling, tending his farm in Wellston with his beloved John Deere tractor in summers and wintering at his home in SW Florida.
For over 50 years he devoted much energy to teaching Western Square Dance. He called dances at local, statewide and national functions. He enabled thousands of people to enjoy dancing; he savored his memories of this fond time.
Many years ago Eldon elected to participate in the Willed Body Program at Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine in an effort to help others. His final arrangements will be at a later time.
The family requests, in lieu of flowers, that memorial contributions be made to The Friends of Adena Hospice or a charity of choice.