Lawrence “Larry” Kitterman


Lawrence E “Larry” Kitterman, 86, passed away peacefully from this life on Friday, September 3, 2021 at his home, with Jeanne, Tom and Deb by his side.

Larry was born December 14, 1934 in the home of Basil and Doris Harshman Kitterman in Kirkpatrick, Indiana. He attended school in Earl Park, Indiana, graduating in 1952. He then attended Purdue University.

On October 14, 1956, he married Betty Ruth Wolfe in Fowler, Indiana. She proceeded to death on March 23, 1999. They were the parents of Steven, Thomas, Gail and Laura. Laura died shortly after her birth in February 1972.

Larry served in the United States Army from 1957 to 1959 and was stationed at Fitzsimmons Hospital in Denver, Colorado and Mannheim, Germany.

In March 1962 he was employed by Cummins Employee Federal Credit Union, now Centra Credit Union, where he held several positions. He retired in May 2017 after 55 years of service. Larry received a proclamation from Mayor James D. Leinhoop declaring April 4, 2017 Larry Kitterman Day.

On September 21, 2002, he married Carol Jean “Jeanne” Turrel in Columbus, Indiana and she survives. Jeanne has four children, Judi (Mike) Kidd, Todd (Margie) Turrel, Lynda Richards and Deb Turrel.

Larry was the Deputy Boy Scout Leader of Boy Scout Troop 105 in Petersville for several years. He was an avid softball player and played the “40+” slow throw with several Columbus, Shelbyville and Indianapolis teams for over 35 years.

He especially enjoyed “spring training” in March and many years playing up to 20 games a week in Florida. In retirement, he played senior volleyball.

Larry was an active volunteer in the community. He was Treasurer of the Eastside Community Center for many years. He volunteered at Love Chapel, The Salvation Army, college reality stores, Helping Hands suppers, and served Thanksgiving meals at the First Christian Church of Columbus.

Larry attended the First Christian Church on Columbus, attended Sunday Sidewalk School, attended the Men’s Breakfast Bible Study Group, was an active member of the Bible Study in the Tuesday morning and the Wednesday evening small group Bible study.

Larry loved his 12 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. He enjoyed playing ball with them, helping them with their studies, attending their school programs / activities and sporting events.

Larry and his wife, Jeanne, have enjoyed traveling to visit family and friends traveling in Michigan, California, Arizona, Colorado, Ohio, Texas, Tennessee, Montana and across all of Indiana.

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. on Friday September 10, 2021 at First Christian Church, 531 5th St. Columbus, IN 47201 with Tyler Tolbert as officiant. Military honors will be led by the Bartholomew County Veterans Honor Guard. The call will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home and one hour before the church service on Friday. Interment will be held at Fairlawn Cemetery in Kentland, Indiana.

Commemorative contributions can be made to The Salvation Army, In Touch Ministries, and the Samaritan Fellowship, through the funeral home.

Survivors include her children, sons Steven (Jeannie) Kitterman of Vail, Arizona, Thomas (Nancy) Kitterman of Columbus, IN and daughter Gail (Thomas) Spivey of Scottsdale, AZ; stepchildren, Deborah Turrel of Columbus, IN, Judith (Michael) Kidd of Fishers, IN, Lynda Richards of Greenville, SC and Todd (Margie) Turrel of Petaluma, CA; Sister Louise McGraw of Hamilton, GA, and Brother William (Christine) Kitterman of Romney, IN. Grandchildren include Laura and Cole Kitterman, Abbey, Elise and Sam Spivey, Lance Kitterman, Kari (Garrett) Thompson, Kory (Lindsay) Noland, Karley Anne Richards, Timothy Turrel, Andrew (Kristen) Kidd, John Kidd.

Great-grandchildren include Klair, Alaina, Koen and Eyzleigh Thompson, Waylen Noland, Alana and Griffin Kidd.

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