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Jerome Dietz Sr.

Dec 7, 2012 - Staff

Jerome Dietz Sr., of Riverton, died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at Wind River Health Care. He was 88 years old.

Graveside services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Mountain View Cemetery with military honors.

Jerome Max Dietz was born Feb. 6, 1924, in Omaha, Neb., the son of Joseph and Hazel (Bergman) Dietz.

He lived on the family farm and graduated from high school in Plevna, Mont., after which he joined the U.S. Navy following the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was a member of the SeaBees, U.S. Naval Construction Force, and served as their postmaster in the base operation in the Philippines, traveling to Manila many times.

He married Violet Ethel Minnick on July 25, 1946, in Billings, Mont. She preceded him in death Jan. 18, 2001.

For a time he did farm work, then began a lifelong career in the oil field, for Loffland Brothers, which later became Nabors Drilling in the Intermountain West area. He started as a floor hand and worked his way up to division manager. He helped write contracts, and in that capacity, he spent time in England, Norway and China.

He was of the Catholic faith and was a member of St. Margaret's Catholic Church.

He retired at the age of 62, then began helping with his children's yard work, a task he enjoyed tremendously, and which was appreciated greatly by his family. He also enjoyed cutting wood, hunting, fishing and camping with family.

He is survived by a son, Jerome M. Dietz Jr. and his fiancee Luisa Marcano dePringle of Riverton; daughters Colleen Dietz and Kathleen Hatle and her husband Gary, all of Riverton; seven grandchildren, Tricia, Christine, Robert, Jeremy, Kamee, Demelza and Rebecca; 15 great-grandchildren; brothers George Dietz and his wife Mary Lee of Baker, Mont., Richard Dietz and his wife Jean of White Rocks, Utah, and William Dietz and his wife Dianah of Plevna, Mont.; and sister-in-law Helen Galle of Billings, Mont.

He was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.

Memorial donations may be made to Amedisys Hospice or a charity of the donor's choice, in care of Davis Funeral Home, 2203 W. Main St., Riverton, WY 82501.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.

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