In Memory of




Obituary for Frank James Pettman

January 16, 1933 – March 9, 2022

Frank James Pettman graduated to Heaven, on Wednesday, March 9, 2022. He enjoyed a final day surrounded by his family, recalling many family memories. It brought much joy to him, to be a part of the reminiscing.

Frank was born during a thunderstorm in Courtland, on January 16, 1933. He lived his full life of 89 years, on the family farm his grandfather purchased in 1903, on the 9th Concession. Frank and Joanne (McAllister) met in the tobacco fields of Straffordville. They enjoyed 68 years of marriage, together on the farm.

Frank is survived by his sister Diane (Dave Hurley). He was “Dad” to Douglas (Sharon), Suzanne (Steve Bowker) and Marjorie (Robert Leyland). Proud Grandpa to Shane Pettman (Audrey), Jared Pettman (girlfriend Rachel Nieman), Sean Bowker (Jessica), Seth Pettman (Kayla), Brent Bowker (Ashley), Nicholas Bowker (girlfriend Lainie McBride), Josh Leyland (Rachel), and Matthew Leyland.

Great Grandpa to Caleb and Ella Pettman, Hudson Pettman, Connor and Erin Bowker, Gordon and Andrew Bowker and Nora Leyland.

Frank loved being steward of the homestead and raising livestock. Last year’s cattle were “the best beef ever!” The woods were his office space. He was still out cutting wood up until 6 weeks ago.

Frank loved nothing better, than having his family together. The farm was the location for many Pettman Christmas gatherings, family birthdays and celebrations. Frank always had stories to share, but was interested in what was happening in everyone’s life too.

Predeceased by his infant daughter Joy (1956), parents Jim (1975) and Leota Pettman (1987), twin sisters Jean Holland (2011) and Joan Sharpe (2011), and grandson Nicholas Bowker (2020).

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to SGA (Slavic Gospel Association ) or The Gideons (

Our family thanks the Woodstock Hospital staff and ICU for treating Dad with dignity and respect in his last days on earth. Absent from the body, is present with the Lord, in the life of a Believer in Christ.

A public visitation will be held on Monday March 14, 2022, at North Broadway Baptist Church, 6 North St. E., Tillsonburg where family will receive guests from 4pm until 8pm.

A public funeral service will be held for Frank on Tuesday March 15, 2022, at 11am also at North Broadway Baptist Church. Interment will be at the Straffordville Cemetery following the service and a luncheon. Masks will be required for the visitation and funeral service.

The funeral service will be livestreamed with a link available on the funeral website.

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