Guy T. "Buddy" Pirtle, 73, of Scottsburg, Ind., died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012.
He was the former owner and operator of Mariann Travel Inn and Restaurant in Scottsburg.
Buddy loved his family and friends tremendously and felt during his life he was blessed with both. He loved the outdoors and spent many hours hunting, fishing and just enjoying being outdoors to take in all the beauties of Mother Nature. Buddy's love of airplanes led him to get his pilot's license in 1976. He served on the Indiana Hotel Motel Association board of directors for several years and proudly served on the Scottsburg Volunteer Fire Department, was a member of the Scott County Tourism Board for many years and served as president for most of those years. Buddy was awarded the Mayors Good Neighbor Award and received the Lieutenant Governor's Hospitality Award and was a proud member of Moose Family Lodge No. 2324, where he made many lasting friendships. Buddy loved operating Mariann Travel Inn and Restaurant, and during his more than 35 years there he was blessed with wonderful employees. He especially enjoyed the many young people who started their first job there and watching them become good citizens.
Buddy was preceded in death by two sisters, Brenda Sue Cooper and Lorene Joyce Hack.
He is survived by the love of his life, his wife, Dorie (Cox) Pirtle; a daughter, Shawna Parker (Doug); two stepdaughters, Kristy Barton (Richie) and Kim Keller (Joe); a brother, Jack Pirtle (Rita); two brothers-in-law, Benny Cooper and Eddie Hack of Kentucky; nine grandchildren, Megan Richey (Donald), Lauren Richey (James), Ceclia and Guy Parker, Sidney, Addison and Garrison Barton and Olivia and Chase Keller; four great-grandchildren, Braelyn, Bryton, Lilah and Hailey Richey; and a cousin, Bill Pirtle (Joyce), who was more like a brother. "Buddy always said it was fun being him and with this lineup of family, you can see why."
The funeral is at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at Collins Funeral Home in Scottsburg. Cremation follows the service.
Visitation continues at 10 a.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions can be made to The Salvation Army, Kosair Children's Hospital or Schneck Hospice Services c/o Collins Funeral Home in Scottsburg.