Fred W. Dietz, 95, of Highland died Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at St. Josephs Hospital in Highland.
Visitation will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on July 18 at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland. A funeral service will be at 3 p.m. on July 18 at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, with Deacon David S. Bohnenstiehl of St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland officiating. Burial will be in Highland City Cemetery.
He was born Nov. 23, 1918, on a farm north of Marine to Henry and Mabel (Moriarty) Dietz. On Nov. 16, 1940, he married Eunice Henrietta Ahring. She passed away on June 5, 2010.
Mr. Dietz had lived south of Marine most of his life. He graduated Marine Grade School.
In the early 1940s, he purchased the current family farm, and raised grain and hogs most all of his life. Even in his retirement, he would visit the farm every day. It was his total life.
For more than 50 years, he and his wife went dancing every Saturday night.
He enjoyed his grandchildren very much.
He was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland. He was also a member of the Helvetia Sharpshooters Society in Highland.
Survivors include a son, Russell A. (Shirley) Dietz of Highland; grandchildren, Diane C. Dietz of Springfield, Ill., John F. (Donita) Dietz of Marine and Joseph A. (girlfriend Meghan Hunsche) Dietz of Highland; great-grandchildren, Hannah M. Cunningham of Marine and Adisyn M. Cunningham of Marine.
He was also preceded in death by his parents.
Memorials may be made to Faith Countryside Homes Nursing Center, the Marine Volunteer Fire Department, or the St. Paul School Educational Foundation.