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Lewis Fitts


Lewis C. Fitts,79, Sturgis, Mich., died Thursday, November 1, 2012 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis, Mich.

     He was born February 26, 1933, in Hudson, Mich., to Harry and Irene (Losey) Fitts.

     Living in Sturgis, Mich., for the past 32 years after moving there from White Pigeon, Mich., he retired from Sturgis Molded Products in Sturgis, Mich., in 1997 after 13 years of employment. He had also worked at the Central Manufacturing Service in Three Rivers, Mich., and Coca Cola Distributing in Sturgis, Mich. He retired from the U.S. Marine Corps after 33 years of dedicated service to his country, earning the rank of Master Gunnery Sergeant. His many years of service included a tour of duty during the Korean War and two tours of duty during the Vietnam War. He received many accommodations and medals, including the Korean Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device, Vietnam Service Medal with two stars, Purple Heart, and Naval Commendation Letter. He was a member of the Pretty Prairie United Methodist Church in Howe where he was also a member of the Men’s Club.

    He was married November 15, 1980, at the First Church of God in Sturgis, Mich., to Carol Munson. She survives.

    Also surviving are three daughters, Diane (Dale) Norton, Bryan, Ohio, Judy Pilch, Ocala, Fla., and Connie (Kevin) Wright, White Pigeon, Mich.; four sons, Brad (Laurie) Wagaman, Manahawkin, N.J., Terry (Betsy) Wagaman, Dearborn Heights, Mich., Randy (Tracy) Wagaman, Commerce Township, Mich., and Kevin Wagaman, White Pigeon, Mich.; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one sister, Tena Gould, Plainwell, Mich., and several nieces and nephews.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Joseph Bringman, and one sister, Harriett Sussdorf.

     Services were held Monday, November 5, at Hackman Family Funeral Homes Rosenberg Chapel in Sturgis, Mich., with Reverend Jean Ness officiating. 

    Burial is in Pretty Prairie Cemetery, Howe.

    Memorials may be directed to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

     Online condolences may be sent at www.hackmanfamily 

    Hackman Family Funeral Homes Rosenberg Chapel in Sturgis, Mich., was in charge of arrangements.