Gerald Matthew Pitcher “Pitch” beloved husband, dad, grandpa, uncle and brother passed away at his home on April 4, 2018. He was born July 1, 1949 in Eugene, OR, the second child of John W. Pitcher and Vita Matthews Pitcher Black.
He spent his young life playing on the banks of rivers and in the woods of Fall Creek, Detroit, Idanha and Cottage Grove, Oregon. He attended school in Cottage Grove OR and graduated from Cottage Grove High School in 1967.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1968 and served in Vietnam from 1969 to 1970. After the Army he moved to Thorne Bay, Alaska and found his piece of heaven. He married Dayle M. Berger and they had three daughters, Cheri Dee, Kimery Marlys and Kristy Mae. He built a home on the shores of Thorne Bay and in his spare time he fi shed in his beloved Boston Whaler, hunted and trapped. He probably would have stayed there forever but his employer Louisiana Pacific/Ketchikan Pulp closed operations in Thorne Bay. He had worked for them for 28 years. He was known by all who knew him to be “one hell of a logger and shovel operator”-the shovel was his second home.
He later met Kathryn and they married and moved to Fairbanks, Alaska. He worked for Kinross Gold/Fairbanks Gold Mining Inc. for 13 years retiring in 2014. Gerald “Pitch” also had several mining claims in “Central” and he loved going there with family and friends. He even found gold but probably would have been just as happy to just dig with his excavator.
He always wanted to hunt again in Oregon so he and Kathryn moved to Sumpter in 2014. Unfortunately, his health began to fail and recently they had moved to the Roseburg area to be close to the VA Hospital.
He is survived by his wife of 19 years Kathryn “Kat” Cooke Pitcher, his three daughters Cheri Dee Kell, Kimery Healey and Kristy Pitcher; fi ve grandchildren; Ellissa, Nathaniel, Mikaela, Kassidee and Daylene; one great grandchild Madelynn and another due August 2018 Trenton Matthew. He is also survived by his stepsons Blair Hansen and Sean Hansen and their children, Curtis Budetti, Max, Camilla, Selena, Gabriel and David Hansen; and his four sisters, Sheran Johnsrud (Richard), Pam Dodge (Charles), Judy Gerstenberger (Mike) and Kit Pitcher. His nieces Tinessa, Alisha, Hollie and Emmalee and nephew Brandon. He was very loved by his family.
Gerald was preceded in death by his mom Vita Mae Matthews Pitcher Black, stepfather Jim Black, his dad John W. Pitcher and his nephew Bryan Charles Dodge.
Gerald, Pitch, Dad, Papa will live in our hearts forever and will be missed. It would make Gerald so happy if in his memory you spend time with your kids and grandkids, take a walk in the woods enjoying nature, breathing in the fresh air or throw a line in the water, as you remember him.