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Charles "Charlie" Edward Pitts

November 21, 1938 ~ May 6, 2021 (age 82)


Charles “Charlie” Edward Pitts, 82, of Mass City passed away on May 6, 2021 at Canal View~ Houghton County with family by his side.

Charlie was born in Clifton Tennessee on November 21, 1938 to Lee and Irene (Richardson) Pitts.

In March of 1956, he enlisted in the Navy, where he served for six years. On September 19, 1961, he married May Anderson in Howell, Michigan where they lived for 15 years and had two daughters, Christina and Kathy.

Charlie worked for the Ford Motor Company as an assembly line worker after an honorable discharge from the Navy in 1962. After retiring from Ford in 1976, Charlie and May decided to move to the U.P. where they made a home on Mud Creek Road in Mass City. Sadly, May preceded Charlie in death in February of 1986.

In March of 2001, Charlie remarried Shirley Ahola, also of Mud Creek Road in Mass City. Charlie loved to spend time at the Finn-Billy Lodge that he had built with family and friends. He also enjoyed riding his Harley, four-wheeling, snowmobiling, hunting and socializing with family and friends.

Charlie is survived by his wife Shirley, daughters Christina (Brian) Mayworm and Kathy (Jimmy Collins) Sleep, step-children Dean Ahola, Mark Ahola and Chris (Greg) Ahola. Siblings Jo (Jonas) Bishop, Mike Pitts, and Cindy (Randy) Lynn. Sister’s in-law Barbara (Donald) Currence and Carol Fredenburg. Grandchildren, Lisa (Collins York) Trudeau, Laurie (Dan) Kuehne, Dustin (Jenna) Armbruster, Heather (Steve) Alatalo and Jennifer Sleep. Nine great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Charlie is proceeded in death by his parents Lee and Irene, his first wife May, Brothers Max and Robert Pitts.

A private burial will be held at Charlie and Shirley’s home on Mud Creek Road in Mass City on June 19, 2021, followed by a celebration of Charlie's life with family and friends at 2:00pm on June 19, 2021.

The family would like to thank all the staff at Canal View~Houghton County for the excellent care and compassion given to Charlie over the last three years.

In remembrance of Charlie’s life, the family asks that any charitable donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Cane Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Celebration of Life
June 19, 2021

2:00 PM
Mud Creek Road, Mass City, Charlie
Guaranteed delivery before the Celebration of Life begins

Please note
The Celebration of Charlie's Life will be held at Charlie and Shirley's home on Mud Creek Rd in Mass City.


Alzheimer's Association
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