The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


September 20, 2012

Obituaries - Thursday, September 20, 2012


Richard Bruce Pitzer

NITRO — Richard Bruce “Butch” Pitzer, 67, of Nitro, W.Va., passed away peacefully at home on Monday,  September 18, 2012, after a battle with cancer.

Born April 15, 1945, in Hinton, he was the son of the late Gladys Pauline Honaker and Ernest Frank Pitzer.

Mr. Pitzer was reared in Hinton. He was a 1963 graduate of Hinton High School. After graduating he was immediately employed by Western Electric Company, now known as Lucent Technologies until his retirement in 2004. On weekends and evenings Richard also successfully operated several self-employment ventures including The Electronic Broker, The Little Italian Seafood Inn, and B&R Discount and Pawn. He served in the Army National Guard, 150th Armored Calvary from 1965-1971. He served one term as Charleston’s Moose Club Junior Governor in 1971.

He was preceded in death by both parents, and a half brother, Harold Lee (Jinx) Greever. Harold gave his life for his country during his 4th tour of duty in Vietnam in 1969.

Richard is survived by his beloved wife of 49 years, Frances Bennett Pitzer. His daughter, Shelley Rae Hall of Charleston, W.Va., and his son, Bruce Pitzer and wife Brandy of Bishop, W.Va. Also a niece and nephew in Germany, a nephew inCalifornia and a niece and two great nephews in Pennsylvania.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 22, 2012, at Pivont Funeral Home Chapel in Hinton,  with Pastor David Mullins officiating. Burial will follow in Greenbrier Burial Park in Hinton.

Friends may call from noon until time of services on Saturday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be: Randy Meador, Randy Bennett, J.C. Cales, Jason Adkins, Lee Metz, Jerry Redman, Dwight Sisson and Joe Jackson.

Honorary pallbearers will be: Pete Meadows, Chuck Petrey, Bobby Joe Petrey, Herb Blankenship, Wayne Caldwell, Okey Tucker, Junior Gill, Michael Bennett and Raymond Workman.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hinton No Kill Shelter of the Summers County Humane Society, PO Box 236, Hinton, WV 25951.

Online condolences and guest register at

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.

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