Luther Sitten

Luther Fred Sitten

Friday, March 7th, 1941 - Saturday, February 8th, 2020
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Luther Fred Sitten, 78, died early Saturday, February 8, 2020, at West Florida Hospital in Pensacola, Florida, following an extensive illness.

Fred was born March 7, 1941, in Albertville, Alabama, and spent most of his childhood in Montgomery, followed by high school in Winter Haven, Florida. He went on to attend Auburn University on a Navy ROTC scholarship, earning a degree in chemical engineering and a commission as Ensign, USN. At that time, he met a local girl, Claudia Flanagan, and they married after her graduation, moving on to Navy Schools in Corpus Christi, Texas. His active duty included serving as a Naval Flight Officer in Maritime Patrol Aviation, flying in P-3 Orions out of Lexington Park, Maryland, and instruction in the Naval Schools Command in Pensacola. He continued to serve in the Navy Reserve, retiring as a Captain. Remaining in Pensacola, Fred worked more than forty years with Monsanto as a chemical-turned-environmental engineer and economic analyst, also earning masters degrees in business and finance from the University of West Florida, a graduate degree from the U.S. Naval War College, and an EFM degree from the University of the South.

During his youth in Montgomery, he was an industrious paperboy for the Montgomery Advertiser and Alabama Journal. One of the customers on his route was a pastor named Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and his home was close to the bus stop where Rosa Parks made her stand. In Central Florida, he learned to love water skiing, which he could do on one ski if two got boring. Fred was always the smartest man in any room. He loved roses, hiking, camping, airplanes, choral singing (as a longtime member of the Christ Episcopal Church Choir), bluegrass music, visual and performing arts, trivia, complex engineering problems, snow skiing, the Episcopal church, Welsh corgis, key lime pie, and his family. He was a sneaky-good half-court basketball player. His humor was constant and omni-directional, as was his knowledge and curiosity. He was a long time secretary of the Rotary Club of Pensacola, a Paul Harris Fellow, and held office in the Pensacola Council, Navy League.

Fred is survived by his wife of 55 years, Claudia; son, Robert; daughters, Carrie (John) and Katie (Joe); and five grandchildren, to whom he is known as “Chet.” He is also survived by his brothers, Tom and Bob, and their families. He will be missed by all.

The family gives special thanks to his caregivers at Azalea Trace and West Florida Hospital.

Services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 12, 2020, at Christ Episcopal Church.

Visitation will be held 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m., prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made in Fred’s name to Christ Church (18 West Wright Street, Pensacola, Florida 32501.)

Lewis Funeral Home of Milton has been entrusted with arrangements.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, February 12th, 2020 | 9:00am - 10:00am
    Wednesday, February 12th, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
    Christ Episcopal Church
    18 West Wright Street
    PENSACOLA, FL 32501
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  • Service

    Wednesday, February 12th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Wednesday, February 12th, 2020 10:00am
    Christ Episcopal Church
    18 West Wright Street
    PENSACOLA, FL 32501
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  • Interment

    Barrancas National Cemetery
    1 Cemetery Rd
    PENSACOLA, FL 32508
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    Barrancas National Cemetery Later Date


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Suzanne Cohan

Posted at 07:32pm
Thinking of all of you, and remembering years of friendship- from meeting both Fred and Claudia when we first moved to Pensacola, to growing our friendship when we moved to Noriega. One of my favorite memories is coming home from work and seeing Fred along with neighbors enjoying a beer in our driveway and Fred always, always standing up and greeting me with a hug. Then there were our many conversations that covered everything from the Pelopenesian Wars- Fred had an amazing mind- to what our dogs and children were doingwere doing- in that order! And all the dinners we shared- so many warm, happy times with such a good friend. Peace and love, Susie


Posted at 08:25pm
Fred and Claudia became our friends when my husband Chuck Lapp, Francie Lapp Averitt’s brother, and I retired on Perdido Key in 1993.

We had the pleasure of having a homestay with them for Hurricane Ivan. Singing along to popular tunes with Fred playing the piano passed the evenings and days. We came on Tuesday and by Friday heard the first birdsongs in the morning. We went out in the yard seeing the storm’s havoc. Fred with deep satisfaction showed us the 500 year markings for storms. He insisted that they buy land above it to build their house. The houses on the bay each looked fine with their entrances and front sides undamaged. Walking on around, their back walls were completely gone with the rise in the bay and river water!

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