KINGSVILLE — David R. Dietz, age 93, of Conneaut, Ohio, passed away Thursday morning, Dec. 20, 2012, at the Ashtabula County Nursing Home in Kingsville, Ohio.
He was born Sept. 5, 1919, in West Springfield, Pa., the son of David S. and Rose Ella (Ashby) Dietz. A 1937 graduate of the former Rowe High School, and a 1938 graduate of Spencerian Business College, he served an apprenticeship at Burke Machine & Tool Company. He joined the Army in 1942 and served in the Asiatic Pacific Theater taking part in the Japan Air Offensive.
He was employed at Union Carbide and the C.E.I., retiring in 1982.
David was a member of First Baptist Church in Conneaut where he served on the Trustees Committee, was treasurer, a Sunday School teacher, sang in the choir, and was active in the Pairs & Spares. He helped start the ABC Baptist Camp which was first located in North Kingsville and later moved to Geneva as Camp Koinonia.
He was an active member of the Conneaut Historical Society and American Legion Cowle Post #151. David enjoyed woodworking, machine repair and gardening. He made many picture frames for family members and taught his family all about gardening.
Surviving is his wife, Dorothy Opal (Smith) Dietz whom he married April 15, 1942 and they celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary together this past April. Also surviving are five children, David J. (Nancy) Dietz of Dacula, Ga., John T. (Phyllis) Dietz of Lawrenceburg, Ky., Dorothy J. (David) Anderson of Kingsville, Ohio, William T. (Peggy) Dietz of Massillon, Ohio and DeEtta K. (Michael) Crombie of Twinsburg, Ohio; 12 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and more distant relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his step-mother, Pearl Jane (Shideler) Dietz; four sisters, Virginia Cole, Effie Waldrop, Galalah Dietz, and his twin Ruth Dey-Armin; and three step-brothers, Harry Shideler, Ernest Shideler and Wilber Shideler.