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3000 E. Third Street
Bloomington, IN 47401
Phone: 812-333-4400
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Richard Lee

Richard Lee "Newt" Chitwood

Sunday, May 20th, 1934 - Saturday, February 6th, 2021
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Richard Lee “Newt” Chitwood, 86 of Unionville passed away on Saturday, February 6, 2021 at his residence. Newt was born May 20, 1934 and was the son of late Jim Colbert and Happy Blanche (Culver) Chitwood. He was a lifetime member of the Unionville Church of Christ. After graduating from Unionville High School in 1952, he worked for his brother Paul as a tin smith until he chose to go into the military and serve the United States Navy from 1956 to 1958 in Norfolk Virginia. Shortly after the Navy Newt worked for his brother Charlie for about five years. Newt then went to work for Marathon as a maintenance man traveling all over southern Indiana servicing gas pumps, Lifts and anything else thats needed repaired at the service stations. In 1966 Newt and Jim Morris opened a marathon service station at 3rd and bypass (Currently Burger King) and later on leased it with Max Mingee. He then leased the Marathon at 3rd and Jordan followed by the Marathon at 401 W. 17th St. which he bought around 1980 and operated until he retired on July 3, 2008. In total Newt spent 40 years with the Marathon company.

He was an avid IU basketball fan and a personal friend of Bob Knight. He had many memories with him and players over the years. Newt was also a pilot in his early years and later built his own ultralight airplane in his basement. Newt loved spending time with his family especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Newt is survived by his wife Nancy (Asher) Chitwood; Son Jeff Chitwood and two daughters Jodi Cole and Shelly (John) Harvat; 8 grandchildren, Ashley Chitwood, Trevor Chitwood, Paige Chitwood, Morgan McCartney, Maison Cole, Holland Harvat, Harbour Harvat, and Havayah Harvat; and 4 Great grandchildren, Sebastian, Meadow, Elias and Sunny.

Newt was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Bertha Mae Young; and four brothers, Charlie, Paul, Morris and Raymond Chitwood which was killed in World War II.

Visitation for Newt will be Wednesday, February 10, 2021 from 2 – 8pm at the funeral Chapel of Powell and Deckard 3000 E. 3rd St., Bloomington. Do you to COVID-19 restrictions we can only have 25 people in the funeral home at a time and a mask is required. We ask for your patience if there is a line.

Funeral services will be 11 AM Thursday, February 11, 2021 at the Unionville Church of Christ, 8056 Indiana 45, Unionville, IN. There will be visitation from 10 to 11AM With funeral service immediately following.

In lieu of the flowers donations may be given in Newt’s memory to the..Berean Children’s Home, INC.
1180 Berra TR. S.E.
Bogue Chitto, MS 39629
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, February 10th, 2021 | 2:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, February 10th, 2021 2:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    The Funeral Chapel
    Address
    3000 E. Third St.
    BLOOMINGTON, IN 47401
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  • Second Visitation

    Thursday, February 11th, 2021 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    When
    Thursday, February 11th, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am
    Location
    Unionville Church of Christ
    Address
    8056 Indiana 45
    UNIONVILLE, IN 47468
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  • Service

    Thursday, February 11th, 2021 | 11:00am
    When
    Thursday, February 11th, 2021 11:00am
    Location
    Unionville Church of Christ
    Address
    8056 Indiana 45
    UNIONVILLE, IN 47468
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  • Interment

    Location
    Unionville Cemetery
    Address
    5511 N. Brummetts Creek Road
    BLOOMINGTON, IN
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Sheryl Henry

Posted at 04:07pm
Rodger and I send our love and prayers to you during this sad time.....May you be held close in God's arms during this time of grief. Love to you all,
Sheryl and Rodger Henry

Peggy Rogers

Posted at 08:16am
I grew up in Unionville, my father James (Puge) Sluss new Newt very well. As I grew up I learned to trust Newt and his business. After my divorce he always made sure my car was operating well so I would not end up broken down beside the road with my daughter. This was a difficult job since my car was really a Junker. After my father passed he did the same for my mother. Once I moved out of the city and then out of the state we would drop by his business and say hello. He would always smile as he greeted us (my daughter and I). He was one of the good ones and is gone too soon.

Peggy Sluss Rogers
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Tamera Reynolds

Posted at 12:57pm
When I was a young woman, Newt was the only mechanic I knew I could trust. He may have seemed a little gruff sometimes, but was always polite and helpful to me. My old cars needed a lot of help to stay on the road, and I never had much money. Newt understood that. He would tell me straight out when a repair might not be worth doing on a geriatric clunker. My interactions with him were often at times when I was scared and confused. I didn't really know him, but I knew he was a good man that I could trust.
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Mary Frazo

Posted at 10:52pm
Nance & family I am so sorry to hear about Newt. He was so sweet & caring. He was so good to my Mom. Whenever she needed help with her car he was always available to help her. Dad & Mom always took their car to Newt. I remember his spot @ the Basket ball games. We always looked to make sure he was there. Every time we pass his station on 17th St we always talk about how sweet he was to both Mom & Dad & he was basically the only person they would allow to work on their car. He will be remembered for his thoughtfulness & just being a wonderful man. We will be praying for you all for strength & comfort in the coming weeks & days.

Mary Frazo
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Loving Memories forever and Always, Bob & Linda, jared & Nicohl and Justin & Alisha Family Forever
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