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Eldon L. Pitts

September 20, 1947 — April 1, 2024


Eldon L. Pitts, aged 76, of Mooreland, Indiana passed away peacefully at home after a brief illness on Monday, April 1st, 2024.  He was born on September 20th, 1947 in New Castle, Indiana to Charles Pitts and Edith Pitts (Johnson). He was a 1965 graduate of New Castle Chrysler High School and obtained his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ball State University.
Eldon served as a Battalion Supply Sergeant in the 7th Army Service Battery, 2nd Battalion, 37th Field Artillery in the United States Army from 1967 to 1969.

Eldon married his beloved wife, Luana Pitts (Cable) in 1971 and remained married to her for 52 years until his death.  He was preceded in death by his mother Edith and father Charles.  He is survived by his wife Luana, son Bryan Pitts (Holly) of Independence, KY, daughter Valerie Boggs (Mike) of New Castle, granddaughters Katelyn Boggs (Edward Scholl), Payton Bennett, great granddaughter Cora Shoemaker, brothers-in-law Rod (Paulette), Randall (Suzanna), and Bruce (Janet) Cable, sister-in-law Karen (David) Gregory, and many nieces and nephews.
 The family also wishes to acknowledge neighbors Eric and Jan Baker who have been very helpful over the years

Eldon was known as an accomplished musician, playing bass in local bands from the 1960s until present time.  His 50 plus years as a local newspaper reporter earned him the respect of officials and politicians as a fair and balanced journalist.  Eldon was well known for his passion for researching and investigating the disappearance of 9-year-old Catherine Winters of New Castle in 1913.  He was also an avid amateur radio operator known by his callsign KA9JNY.

Visitation will be from 4:00 until 7:00 pm on Friday April 5th at Hinsey Brown Funeral Service in New Castle. Services will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday April 6th with Pastor Bill Palmer officiating. Interment will be at Green Hills Memory Gardens with military rites conducted by a contingent of the U.S. Army, American Legion and the VFW. You may express condolences or share a memory of Eldon at

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