Ronald W. Pittsley

East Tawas, Michigan
April 5, 1956 - February 11, 2018


Thursday, February 15, 2018
11:00 AM until the time of service.

Service Location

First Baptist Church


First Baptist Church
401 2nd St.
Tawas City, MI 48763

Thursday, February 15, 2018
12 O'clock Noon

Obituary Notice

Ronald Wayne Pittsley, 61, of East Tawas, Michigan, passed away on Sunday, February 11, 2018 with his family by his side at Covenant HealthCare in Saginaw, Michigan. He was born April 5, 1956 in Richlands, Virginia. Former resident of Fenton, Ron graduated from Fenton High School in 1975 and continued his education at Lake Superior State College. Ron married the love of his life, Cathy Louise (Cash), and together they shared almost 38 years of marriage and raised three sons. Ron was the founder of Hunters Niche/Predator Bows for 25 years and will always be widely respected as a meticulous traditional bowyer. He will forever be remembered for his love and passion for the beauty of the outdoors. Ron was an avid sportsman who enjoyed and excelled at shooting archery and firearms, hunting, and fishing. He had a passion to cook, loved to listen to music, and played the guitar. Ron was an active member with the First Baptist Church of Tawas City, a Board of Director with the Downtown Development Association, and a lifelong member of the Land-O-Lakes Bowmen’s Club in Fenton. He was a great family man who loved to spend time with family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Saul and Opal Pittsley. Ron is survived by his wife Cathy; sons Miles (Andrea) Pittsley, Trevor (Heather) Pittsley and Logan Pittsley; his brother Danney (Gloria) Pittsley and his sister Diane (Larry Karns) Darling; granddaughters Julianna, Ada and Ashlynn Pittsley; and many extended family members and friends. A celebration of Ron’s life will be held on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 12 O’clock Noon at the First Baptist Church in Tawas City, Michigan. Visitation will be from 11:00 AM until the time of service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Tawas Area Honor Guard or First Baptist Church. Condolences maybe shared at


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First Baptist Church


Cathy and family... MaryBeth and I are shocked and saddened to hear about Ron. Are thoughts and prayers go out for you and your family. He will be greatly missed!
Dale and MaryBeth Milller
— Dale Milller
I’m so sorry to hear about Rons passing. Prayers for comfort to the family during this time. I will always remember how funny Ron was and how fun it was to be a youth camp counceler with Ron!
— Tyler, Sara and Samuel Rood.
We are so very sorry for your loss.
— Steve Cascaddan & Michel Love
Ron was one of the nicest persons I have ever known. He was the best of the best and will be missed so very much. Cathy, Myles, Trevor and Logan, our thoughts and prayers will always be with you.
— Brian and Beverly Martin
Cathy, Miles, Trevor and thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
— Christine Sheldon
Dear Cathy and Sons, Please accept our deepest sympathies. In this time of grief, you are in our thoughts and in our prayers.
— Ed and Jean Davison
Cathy so sorry to hear of Ron's passing. Prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.
— June Scott
Cathy, we like others were shocked and saddened to hear of Ron's passing. I enjoyed working with him, visiting with him at archery trade shows or running into him in Tawas. Thoughts and prayers for you and the boys during this difficult time.
— Bruce and Becky Plude
Cathy and family, We are so very sorry to hear of Ron's passing. Please accept our sincere condolences at this difficult time.
— Marcia Lesinski
Cathy I am saddened for you and your family, though I never knew Ron I can tell through you and the boys he was a wonderful man, husband and father. I am honored to have gotten to know a small piece of Ron and to have cared for him. I am a better person to have gotten to have the acquaintance of your family. Praying for all of your family
— Judy Hebert
Cathy, Logan, Trevor, and Miles...So,so sorry to hear of Ron's sudden passing. Grateful we had an opportunity to speak with him some weeks ago. He was so proud of his family. Our prayers and heart-felt sympathy is with you all at this time.
— George and Mary Wajda
Cathy and family, we are so very sorry to hear of Ron's passing. Please accept our deepest sympathies; we are praying for peace and comfort for you all during this most difficult time.
— Teresa Blust
Praying for peace, strength, and comfort for all of your family. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. We will all be together in His presence forever
— Dale and Nancy Lundblade
Cathy so very sorry for your loss. prayers for all of you
— janet coyer
Cathy, I am so sorry to hear of your husband's passing. I didn't know him but I always enjoyed visiting with you at school and feel saddened for you and your sons.
— Mary & Dennis Look
Cathy we all have heavy hearts. He gave unconditional love and friendship to everyone he met. Thank you for giving him three sons and always being there for him. You, Miles, Trevor and Logan are very special to me and always will be. My brother definitely made the world a better place and his family was the most important thing in his life. In time our memories of him will bring comfort to our heavy hearts. Until then know that you and the boys are in our hearts and love you very much.
— Diane Pittsley Darling
My heart is heavy as well as yours… Ron was awesome and so many ways. He was a wonderful father, husband, and friend. His spirit lives on in your children and his smile never be forgotten. Xoxo Prayers and hugs for guidance and strength to get through this difficult time.
— Jennifer Ralph
Cathy, we sorrow with you and your family in the death of Ron. Your pain and sorrow are shared by family and friends and may you find comfort in knowing that so many care. God bless you and keep you close in your time of sadness. You and your family are in our thoughts and in our prayers as you grieve your loss.
— Jana and Tanya
Dear Cathy & family,
We are so saddened to hear this news. We cannot be there to give you hugs, but please know that we are keeping you close in thought & prayer. God give you peace. Sincerely, Marsha & Mike Herrick
— Marsha & Mike Herrick
Sending prayers of Love and Srength for your family on this difficult day. We will always cherish the Fenton memories we had with all of you. We are so proud to have one of Ron’s early Predator Bows, he will be missed greatly.
— The LaFaves, Randy, Ronda and Josh
We sorrow with you in the death of Ron. Your pain and sorrow are shared by family and friends and may you find comfort in knowing that so many care. You are in our thoughts and prayers as you grieve. May God bless you and your family and keep you close in your time of sadness and loss.
— Jana and Tanya Bacheldor
Dear Cathy and Family,
This is such a great loss I'm having a hard time believing Ron has passed. There was so much I wanted to thank him for, and had planned on visiting with all of you this summer.
My father thought the world of Ron and you Cathy, and mentioned what a wonderful couple you were so many times.
I'm lifting for your entire family, and so glad that Ron was such a fantastic friend to so many, including me and my parents.
God's Blessings on you... Vic
— Victor Connelly
My sister...Family,
Kills me not to b attending..many issues preventing the trip northward...I loved and respected Ronnie sooooo much..My heart breaks knowing we won't spend times out in God's country...Love you all....
— Jeff Douglas
My sincere condolences to Ron's family and friends. I first met Ron at Lake of the Ozarks, Mo back in '92. He impressed me then and still when I talked with him and Mike at Denton Hill in 2017. He was a true gentleman and one dandy bowyer.
— Dennis Scicchitano
I only met Mr. Pittsley one time, but he made a lifelong impression. I will remember how friendly he was and his willingness to help anyone who inquired. He built some very beautiful bows.
— Stephen Kitchens
Cathy, I am so very sorry for your loss. We loved Ron! Saw him a year ago at Don's funeral! Don thought the world of your Ron! One day at a time, Cathy. You are in my thoughts and prayers!
Love to your family, Trudy Iverson
— Trudy Iverson

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