Stephen Pettinger of Eaton Rapids,
Passed early Saturday morning, September 21st, 2019. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Fern Pettinger, 3 siblings, Isabelle [Pettinger] Driver, George Pettinger, and Timothy Pettinger. Surviving family includes his wife of 50 years, Marsha Marie [Blanck] Pettinger, sons Sean [Tabitha] Pettinger, Aric [Amanda] Pettinger, Alek [Kara] Pettinger and daughters Sheila [Matt] Burger, Amber Pettinger, Meghan [Nick] Saunto, Marcy Pettinger, brothers, a sister and 19 grandchildren.
Stephen served in the U. S. Navy including a tour at the air terminal in Rota Spain 1964 to 1967 receiving a Good Conduct medal and Nation Defense Service Medal. Following his military service time, he worked for National Cash Register, General Motors, and then IBEW Local 665 from 1969 to 1983 as a Master Electrician. He then returned to General Motors from 1983 to 2014. He retired from GM in August of 2014.
Stephen had many accomplishments throughout his life for which he preferred no recognition. Things such as Future Farmers of America (FFA), marching band (drummer), State of Michigan Music Poseidon Award through high school. He sang and played guitar with his brothers and enjoyed the Charlotte Blue Grass Festival very much. He was known for many volunteer hours wiring firehouse alarms, small and large churches, and even struggling homeowner’s houses. He volunteered with the Well Dunn 4-H club and Eaton Rapids Band Boosters as well. Stephen was a huge fan of the University of Michigan for many years starting back when he attended band day as a high school student. He has been supporting U of M athletics for many years while attending the football games as a season ticket holder for the past 20 years. His hobbies included woodworking/building, playing guitar with his brothers and friends, as well as attending the many activities in which his grandchildren were involved. With heavy hearts, he will be greatly missed by all.
Funeral services will be 11 am Wednesday September 25, 2019 at St. Peter Catholic Church, 515 E. Knight St., Eaton Rapids with Fr. George Puthenpeedika officiating. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm at the Mills Funeral Home, Shelly-Odell Chapel and at the church one hour prior to the service. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to U of M Cancer Research. Please visit our website to place online condolences or to sign the guest book, www.millsfuneral.com.