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John Leon Pettit

Oct. 3, 1930 — July 24, 2012

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Posted: Sunday, July 29, 2012 12:00 am

John Leon Pettit passed away July 24, at Serenity Assisted Living, in Lake Havasu City, at the age of 81. “Jack,” the name he always went by, was born at Backoo, N.D. on the old farmstead, to Leon and Ines Pettit October 3, 1930. He graduated from Cavalier High School and went on to Jamestown College in North Dakota where he met his future wife, Doris White. Jack was an English major and he and Doris taught school for four years in North Dakota before his desire to enter the ministry. After graduating from Dubuque Seminary in Iowa, he went on to serving as Presbyterian minister for 35 years.

A few years after retirement, the couple moved to Lake Havasu City in 1998. Jack became active in our Community Presbyterian Church, Golden K Kiwanis and Hospice of Havasu. He served as chaplain in Hospice for several years.

Jack is survived by his wife, Doris; four children, Jerry, of Omaha, Neb., Lila (Richard Dan), of Pierceton, Ind., James (Nancy), of McLean, Va. and Lark, of Lake Havasu City; six grandchildren, Heather, Sarah, Brett, Clint, Beth and Cody; and one great-grandson, Chase. He was preceded in death by his parents and four older brothers.

Visitation was at Lietz-Fraze Chapel July 26. Burial will take place at a later date in Omaha, Neb. A memorial service will be at Community Presbyterian Church on August 11, at 11 a.m. with Rev. David Bybee officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family is suggesting memorials to Community Presbyterian Church, Hospice of Havasu and Golden K Kiwanis.

Thoughts and condolences can be sent Jack's family at

Arrangements were placed under the care of Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home & Crematory.

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