- May 15, 1985 - March 10, 2009
- Dennison, Ohio
of Thomas' Passing
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Thank you for the privilege of working with you and Tom.
I admire your grace and strength through the difficult journey. Tom's energy and...Read More »
1 of 61 | Posted by: Katherine Neubauer, N.D. - Tulsa, OK
“I feel so honored to have known and cared for Tom. He was a joyful, caring man who loved his family very much. His smile and laughter truly blessed...Read More »
2 of 61 | Posted by: Sheri Travis - Broken Arrow, OK
“Tom, you will be greatly missed. I remember the first day I meet you back in the day at the Red Falcon Inn. I will cherish all of the great times we...Read More »
3 of 61 | Posted by: Tyson Villarreal - Cashton, WI
“I must say I'm going to miss his humor, his laugh, that smile and that USC t-shirt even though I'm an OU fan. My prayers goes out to his wife and...Read More »
4 of 61 | Posted by: Ted Martin (Therapist) - OK
“Our thoughts and prayers are with you and you're family. Thomas was a great inspiration to all of us. He had a way of brightening our days with his...Read More »
5 of 61 | Posted by: Tonya Daniels - Salina, OK
“think of you daily you are a true hero ggggggggrrrrrrrrrrrrr
6 of 61 | Posted by: sam simpson - linden, NC
“Tom always had a sense of humor and a smile. He will be missed.
7 of 61 | Posted by: Ron Suarez (CTCA Chaplain) - OK
“Lisa, I am so sorry to hear about Tom. He was a favorite patient of mine (took care of him in Recovery many times) He was extra special to me because...Read More »
8 of 61 | Posted by: Toni Ricks RN - Tulsa, OK
“You will missed
9 of 61 | Posted by: Robin CTCA-transportation - Tulsa, OK
“To Tom's Family,
I still remember having Tom in German class at Indian Valley. My first year there he was in German I for two weeks and thought I...Read More »
10 of 61 | Posted by: Michelle Klann - Wooster, OH
“TO BILL, KELLY AND FAMILY,
OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHIES FOR YOUR LOSS OF YOUR PRECIOUS BRAVE LOVED ONE.MAY OUR LORD AND SAVIOR HELP YOU NOW AND ALWAYS.MAY...Read More »
11 of 61 | Posted by: Paul & Bonnie (Ferguson) Howell & sons - OH
“Tom is such an inspiration to all of us nurses! He was a wonderful patient to take care of, despite the multiple IV starts and brachy treatments he...Read More »
12 of 61 | Posted by: Angela, RN Surgery CTCA - Tulsa, OK
“I will never forget both of you! You were an amazing couple. I loved when you were here at CTCA. I knew that you would brighten up my day with all...Read More »
13 of 61 | Posted by: Alicia - Tulsa, OK
“You all have been in my thoughts and prayers. I never had the pleasure of knowing Thomas, but after reading the tributes, I can tell what a wonderful...Read More »
14 of 61 | Posted by: Cindy (Bouska) Ritenour - OH
“Bill, Kelly, Tiff, please accept our deepest sympathies, you are in our thoughts, our prayers and our hearts.
Love always, Jeff, Amy, Tate, and...Read More »
15 of 61 | Posted by: Amy Bardall - Freeport, OH
“Lisa my heart breaks for you! Thomas was such a lucky man to have you! We all could see how much you two loved each other in your eyes!! You are the...Read More »
16 of 61 | Posted by: sue - tulsa, OK
“My deepest sympathy to the family. May the peace and grace of our Heavenly Father sustain and comfort you during these difficult days.
17 of 61 | Posted by: Cindy Rawlings - Tulsa, OK
“Bill, Kell and family, please accept our sincere sympathy, and although we only met Tom once at Kendal's birthday party, he was certainly a young man...Read More »
18 of 61 | Posted by: Fred and Becky Webb - Jacobsburg, OH
“Tom was an especially lovable person. He had a quiet, steady faith in God, which continues on now in the Lord's presence.
19 of 61 | Posted by: Lisa Heyd, Pastoral Care - Tulsa, OK
“Tom always had a smile on his face, even while I was making those masks! The family is in my thoughts. Hang in there Lisa, you're a beautiful girl...Read More »
20 of 61 | Posted by: Robert Lissy (mask maker) - Tulsa, OK
“Tom was a good man and he will be missed. I am sorry to hear of his passing.
21 of 61 | Posted by: Laura (Smith) Rich - Cadiz, OH
“Tom and Lisa were such a blessing while here at ctca . Lisa I am praying for you
22 of 61 | Posted by: Ruth Shaw - Tulsa, OK
“Tom, an amazing individual, friend, son, husband, that will be missed by everyone.
Sorry, I couldn't make it home Lisa.
23 of 61 | Posted by: Laken Stocker - Beaverville, IL
“We will miss Tom very much. Tom did so many great things on Earth, think about what he will do in heaven.
24 of 61 | Posted by: Mary Bowen CTCA Imaging - Tulsa, OK
“Dear Billy, Kelly, and Tiff,
I am so very sorry to hear about Thomas. There are no words of comfort that could possibly ease the pain of losing a...Read More »
25 of 61 | Posted by: Suzanne Howells - Freeport, OH
“We will miss Tom very much. Tom did so many great things on Earth, think about what he will do in heaven.
26 of 61 | Posted by: Mary Bowen - Tulsa, OK
“I want to thank you for his service in the military. He was a true hero. I miss Thomas and his wife and want to send my love and hugs from Tulsa.
Sue...Read More »
27 of 61 | Posted by: Sue Bailey RN - tulsa, OK
“Dear Bill & Kelly:
I was so sorry to hear about the loss of your son, Tom. I want you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers and I pray...Read More »
28 of 61 | Posted by: Sheri (Rowland) Warren - OH
“What to say?? I'll never forget those beautiful eyes and that sweet, sweet smile. He was such a joy to have as a patient. I will always equate any...Read More »
29 of 61 | Posted by: Cathy Callender (CTCA-Rad Onc) - OK
“My thoughts and prayers are with you Lisa and the rest of the family. Tom had a gracious spirit about him and always came in with a smile on his...Read More »
30 of 61 | Posted by: Kylie from Nutrition - Tulsa, OK
“I am so sorry for your great loss. My thoughts and prayers are with the Family.
Remember all the good times that you shared with him, this might help...Read More »
31 of 61 | Posted by: Della Welling, Deskins - WV
“Bill, Kelly & Tiffany,
My deepest sympathy to all of you. Keeping you in my thoughts & prayers during this difficult time.
32 of 61 | Posted by: Tina Davis - Dover, OH
“My heart is broken for one of my favorite patients of all time. May God bless and give you all strength during this very sad time. I will always...Read More »
33 of 61 | Posted by: Mel from Respiratory - Tulsa, OK
We are so sorry to hear the loss of your son/brother. You have our sympathy and prayers.
34 of 61 | Posted by: David & Dana Meredith - OH
“Billy, Kelly & Tiffany
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Thomas will be missed so much by everyone who knew him. my thoughts and prayers are with...Read More »
35 of 61 | Posted by: Roberta Dickey - Freeport, OH
“To a man who served us all. God Bless.
36 of 61 | Posted by: Jessica Tarleton, Family, and Friends - OH
We wanted to let you know that we love you, and we are thinking of you at this difficult time. We pray you find comfort in God's love.
...Read More »
37 of 61 | Posted by: Uncle Bob, Aunt Joan, Cousin Sue, and Cousin Josh - MS
“I am so sorry to hear about your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
38 of 61 | Posted by: Stacey Hunter (Myers) - OH
“Billy and Kellie
Are thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of loss.
39 of 61 | Posted by: Mark and Judy Gorby - Tuscarawas, OH
“We always enjoyed seeing Tom, even though he was a USC fan! Everyday we found something to laugh about! I will always remember those beautiful eyes...Read More »
40 of 61 | Posted by: Elesha Odle (CTCA) - Pryor, OK
“What an awesome guy, I will forever miss those eyes and all the laughs and Jokes about OU/Texas football!! Lisa, I love you and my heart goes out to...Read More »
41 of 61 | Posted by: Keri (CTCA) - Broken Arrow, OK
“Tom & Lisa were such a joy. What bright young faces to see as they came into our waiting room. I nicknamed him Tommy-Timmy because I couldn't...Read More »
42 of 61 | Posted by: June Davis - Tulsa, OK
“Tom is one of the most special people I have ever met. What a great sense of humor! Finally met someone as silly as myself. Lisa, I absolutely loved...Read More »
43 of 61 | Posted by: Tracey Elias - Tulsa, OK
“Tom is and was a very sweet guy. I only knew him for a short time, but everytime I saw him he had a big wonderful smile on his face no matter how he...Read More »
44 of 61 | Posted by: Maegan Jackson - Tulsa, OK
“I will miss Tom. Sorry for your great loss. God Bless the Family and friends.
45 of 61 | Posted by: Madelon Waters (CTCA) - Tulsa, OK
“We will miss your smiling faces in the pharmacy and feel your loss and grief. You are in our thoughts.
46 of 61 | Posted by: Shawndra Diller - CTCA, OK
“We will miss Tom and Lisa very much in Tulsa. Tom was just an amazing person with so much pride, joy and love in his life. He adored Lisa, and it...Read More »
47 of 61 | Posted by: Valinda - Tulsa, OK
“I don't have the right words to express how quickly and deeply you and Tom got into my heart!! I think I should definitely go and have the hamburger...Read More »
48 of 61 | Posted by: Sandy (TulsaMom) Fisher - Tulsa, OK
“It was my honor to know him and be able to participate as a nurse in his care. Im so sorry for your loss. Your family will be in my prayers.
49 of 61 | Posted by: Michelle Harvey - Tulsa, OK
“I feel honored to have had the opportunity to get to know Thomas and Lisa through his journey at CTCA. He always managed to put a smile on his face...Read More »
50 of 61 | Posted by: Joni Kinslow - Tulsa, OK
“Tom is an unforgettable person. His journey at CTCA is one i will never forget. My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. Thank...Read More »
51 of 61 | Posted by: April Johnson - Tulsa, OK
“Everyone at CTCA loved Thomas and no matter how bad he was feeling he always had that smile. Lisa you have that matching smile. Our thoughts and...Read More »
52 of 61 | Posted by: Carol Reynolds - Tulsa, OK
“I am so sorry for your loss. But I thank God, Tom and all of Tom's family and friends for the sacrifices all of you have made. God Bless and Keep...Read More »
53 of 61 | Posted by: Jana Thornbrugh - Tulsa, OK
“Hey I am so sorry. We had so much fun with you guys when you were here in Tulsa. We all miss you both very much. GO OKLAHOMA! Take care Lisa we are...Read More »
54 of 61 | Posted by: Carrie Baker - Tulsa, OK
“Billie & Kelly
Sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at a time like this. Take care.
55 of 61 | Posted by: Beth Bertini - Freeport, OH
“Dear Kelly, Bill and Tiff:
Sorry to hear of Thomas's death. You have been in my thoughts and prayers along with the rest of your family. I will...Read More »
56 of 61 | Posted by: Mary Jane Bear - Freeport, OH
“My deepest condolences to the Pittis family. May God grant you peace in this time of a tremendous loss.
57 of 61 | Posted by: Connie Hughey - New Philadelphia, OH
“You were very loved and will very missed!!
58 of 61 | Posted by: Lynzee (Elmore) Abel - Midvale, OH
“Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Sorry to hear about your loss Bill, Kelly, Tiff and Lisa.
59 of 61 | Posted by: Suzy Everettt - New Philadelphia, OH
“Sorry to hear of the Loss of Tom he will be sadly miss. You have our Sympathy.
60 of 61 | Posted by: Jeff & Deb and Kyra Milligan - OH
“Dear Lisa and Family of Tom, So sorry to learn of Tom's death after a long battle this past year. What a wonderful life of service he had for our...Read More »
61 of 61 | Posted by: Lowella Fouts - Gnadenhutten, OH
The earthly life of Thomas William Pittis, age 23, of Dennison, came to an end late Tuesday afternoon, March 10, 2009, in Aultman Hospital, at Canton.
A Specialist in the United States Army between 2003 and 2006, Pittis had battled service related lung cancer for the past year following a three year commitment as a member of the elite 82nd Airborne. During his time in the All American division, Thomas was a part of several notable missions, including the security detail for former President Reagan's funeral services in 2004, and later, during his deployment to Afghanistan, he took part in the man hunt for Osama Bin Laden – often raiding caves the terrorist was hiding in only moments before – as evidenced by the warm meals found by Specialist Pittis and his comrades.
Better known as Tom to his family and friends, he was born May 15, 1985, at Dover, the only son born to William and Kelly Jones Pittis of Freeport. He attended school in the former Lakeland school district before consolidation, when he became a student at Indian Valley High School.
As a student athlete, Tom participated in cross-country and distance running on the school's track team. He was a 2003 graduate of Indian Valley High School and the same summer, enlisted in the United States Army.
Upon his return from active duty in June, 2006, Tom went to work at the regional distribution center for Wall-Mart at Wintersville, before joining Country Club Retirement Campus, where he put his culinary skills to work preparing meals for residents. Although he had been on leave from Country Club for the past year while battling cancer, his sense of humor and ability to make everyone laugh will long be missed by his colleagues at work.
When not at work Tom could be found enjoying the company of family and friends; whether fishing, playing video games, watching ESPN and taking care of his cat, Nicky, and his dog; Oreo.
His memberships include the Stillwater Valley VFW Post 6815, and the Freeport Church of Christ, where, before his deployment to Afghanistan, Tom came home to be Baptized, in a frigid waterway near the church that needed to be opened with an axe.
While still a student at Indian Valley High, Tom took a gal to Junior Prom and the Homecoming dance, that he would ultimately marry only this past June 7. The former Lisa Hunt, his class mate, became his soul mate during a ceremony at Gnadenhutten United Methodist Church. His wife of nine months, survives, and resides at Dennison.
In addition to his wife and parents, Tom will be remembered by his sister, Tiffany Pittis, of Freeport, his maternal grandparents; Tom Jones of Freeport and Sandy (husband, Roger) Devore of St. Clairsville, his paternal grandmother; Norma Pittis and her companion, Bob Paden, of Dover, his mother-in-law; Carol Hunt of Gnadenhutten, and father-in-law; Brian Hunt of Tuscarawas, a brother-in-law; Matthew Hunt of Gnadenhutten and sister-in-law; Amy (husband Dustin) Bryant of Gnadenhutten.
Grandmothers-in-law Alice and Carol Ann, and a houseful of extended relatives complete the family.
Tom was preceded in death by his sister, Ashley Pittis, and his paternal grandfather, William Pittis.
Friends are invited to call Friday, March 13, from 2-4PM and from 6-9PM in the Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory at New Philadelphia. Pastor Gregg Kelly will lead a funeral celebrating Tom's life Saturday morning, March 14, at 10:30 in the Gnadenhutten United Methodist Church. Burial, with military honors, will follow in Gnadenhutten-Clay Union Cemetery. Following the committal service, family and friends will gather for a reception in the church fellowship hall.
Those unable to attend are invited to share memories and condolences with the family by visiting the funeral home's website.
The Pittis family requests that memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, 525 North Broad Street Canfield, OH 44406.