Dwight Frederick Putman Jr.

March 4, 1933 ~ February 15, 2018 (age 84)

Dwight F. Putman Jr., 84, of Somerset, passed away Thursday evening, February 15 2018, in the home he crafted, on the land of his heart and surrounded by those he loved.  Born on March 4, 1933, the son of Dwight F. Putman Sr and Agnes (Kelly) Putman, Dwight was preceded in death by his wife, Ann Cunningham Putman, and his sister, Kathryn Putman Bishop. Dwight, known as Put to his family and friends, lived his life with his feet firmly planted on the earth and his intellect and ideals stretching beyond himself to the causes and dreams of the wider world.  A son of the Allegheny Mountains and the son of enlightened and humanitarian parents, Put embodied and shared the values of where he came from and all that he was, in ways both public and private.  Partnered with his life love Ann, the energy of their alliance was dedicated to building a family and creating an environment and a journey of experiences that would shape their children to be individuals of whom they would be proud.  An urban life of racial and ethnic diversity and liberal education balanced with camping and fishing in the American West, building a cabin in the woods of the Laurel Mountains and farming the land of Putman ancestors are some of the foundations that shaped and instilled in their children the life lessons they believed in:   Love and respect; of the land, of knowledge and curiosity, of the arts and sciences, of nature and wildlife.   A belief in Social Justice for all peoples and cultures, and to have and hold integrity and strength in their hearts, minds and bodies.   Put is survived by his sister Carolyn Hall of Santa Rosa CA, his children William Putman and Trudy Heffernan-Putman of Fairbanks AK, Susan Putman Steele and John Steele of Somerset, PA, James Putman of Chichester NH, and Mary Putman of Denver CO, along with his grandchildren Jared Putman, Molly Putman, Josiah Putman, Liam Putman and Levi Putman.  Donations may be made in his memory to the Somerset County Library 6022 Glades Pike #120, Somerset, PA 15501; a place he valued and a fitting tribute to the man who enjoyed the simple pleasures of a Louis L’Amour novel, a great glass of wine, Hershey chocolate and an evening fly fishing on the Gallatin River in Montana. No viewing or visitation, a private service will be held at the families convenience. Arrangements by the Hauger-Zeigler Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Somerset.

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