Richard “Dick” G. Dietsche, 78, of Sun City, Arizona, formerly of Elyria, passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 15th, 2013 at his home in Arizona. Richard was born August 30, 1934 in Elyria, to Edward and Elizabeth (nee Reese) Dietsche.
He graduated from Divine Word Seminary Preparatory High School in Girard, Pennsylvania in 1952. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1957 thru 1961 and was stationed in Germany as a chaplain assistant. During his off duty time he enjoyed traveling around Europe and skiing in the Alps. It was during this time that he met his first wife, Renate E. (Ehmer) and brought her to the area to raise their family.
Richard was a painting contractor by trade and after working for several area builders, began his own painting company Best Painting and Decorating which he owned for 25 years. He retired in 1991 and moved to Sun City AZ to enjoy his golden years.
Dick was a member of St. Agnes Church in Elyria and served as a cantor for many years as well as helping with painting jobs around the church. He was a member of the Elks Club, VFW and Moose Lodge, where he enjoyed good friends, dancing and bowling nights. After retirement he enjoyed the many golf courses and casinos Arizona had to offer and traveling with he wife Judi whenever possible. He always had time to help those in need and volunteered with his local church to help those less fortunate. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Richard is survived by his wife of 25 years, Judi (nee Taddeo); daughter, Patricia (Robert) Lesher of Elyria; son, Daniel (Tammy) of Amherst; brothers, William (Joann) of Sun City, Arizona, Thomas (Laura) of Midland, Michigan, Robert (Diane) of Rio Verde, Arizona, Edward (Doris) of Parma Heights; grandchildren Sarah, Mitch, Erin, Zachary, Christopher and Erika and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Elizabeth Dietsche; and his first wife, Renate.
A memorial service is scheduled in Arizona later this month.