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James H. Dietz, 90, of 106 Linwood Ave., St. Marys, died on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012 at Dubois Nursing Home following a brief illness.
He was born Dec. 11, 1922 in Ridgway, a son of the late Joseph and Mary Pfingstler Dietz.
On June 14, 1947 in St. Mark's Church in Emporium, he married the late Elizabeth J. "Betty" Dietz, who preceded him in death on Feb. 7, 2012.
Mr. Dietz was a graduate of Ridgway High School. He served in the U.S. Air Force during WWII. He retired from Powdered Metal Products and had also worked at Stackpole Carbon Company for many years. He enjoyed go-karts and working on stock cars. He was known for his mechanical abilities and he could fix anything. He also enjoyed flying and was an avid airplane enthusiast, having many model airplanes and enjoying building and servicing airplanes. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandsons and his granddaughter-in-law.
He is survived by a daughter, Lorraine, Mrs. Joseph Asti of St. Marys; two sons, James E. Dietz of St. Marys and Kenneth Dietz and his wife Gloria of St. Marys; two grandchildren, Jeffrey Dietz and his wife Jena, and Nate Dietz; and a sister, Frances Eckert of St. Marys.
In addition to his parents and his wife of more than 64 years, Elizabeth J. "Betty" Dietz, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Joseph, Carl and Paul Dietz; and three sisters, Cecelia Gapinski, Bertha Dietz and Margaret Maiers.
Graveside services for James H. Dietz are private.
Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Weedville.
There will be no visitation.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice.
Lynch-Green Funeral Home, 151 N. Michael St., St. Marys, is handling the arrangements and online condolences may be placed at www.LynchGreen.com.