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Kenneth Edward Pitcher

1938 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Captain Kenneth Edward Pitcher
July 4, 1938 - January 2, 2018
Captain Kenneth Edward Pitcher, Retired USMC, passed away January 2, 2018 in Lewiston, Idaho. He was 79.
Ken served two tours in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and Navy Commendation Medals. He was a competitive pistol marksmen and Instructor in Camp Pendleton, CA. After serving for 22 years as a US Marine, he went to work for school district 391 in Kellogg, Idaho as a senior Marine military instructor for the JROTC program. After retiring from the school district, Ken set his sights on helping veterans, and was hired by the Idaho Division of Veterans Services. As an accomplished service officer, Ken had the distinction of being the only one in the division to serve all three of Idaho's Veterans Homes in the Office of Veterans Advocacy.
After retiring from IDVS, Ken was active in the VFW and rose to the office of Commander for the state of Idaho, this was a huge honor which he was immensely proud of. He was also a life member of the Marine Corps League and Disabled American Veterans. Ken was selected to be on the Governor's Council of Veterans Affairs and continued his work assisting veterans.
Ken loved the Idaho outdoors and was an avid hunter and enjoyed reloading during the off-season. He enjoyed these things with his good friends, Pat Teague and Dave Helsley.
Ken is survived by his daughters Stephanie (Bill) Chapman, Cynthia Pitcher, son John Pitcher; stepson David (Marie) Brochier, stepdaughter Christine Brochier; five grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, three great-step grandchildren, and brother Harvey Pitcher. He was preceded in death by wife Celia, his former wife Judith, and his parents Dale and Louise Pitcher.
A service and inurnment will be held Thursday, May 17, 2018, 11:00 AM at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery, 10100 N Horseshoe Bend Rd., Boise, ID 83714.
A memorial gathering will be held Friday, May 18, 2018, 5:00 – 7:00 PM at the VFW Post #10043, 1104 Warner Avenue, Lewiston, ID 83501.
Published in Idaho Statesman on May 13, 2018
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