Raymond “Ray” August Dietel, age 88, of Lester Prairie, passed away Thursday, March 19, 2015, at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.
He was born April 3, 1926, in Bergen Township, Lester Prairie, the son of John and Lucy (Hoof) Dietel. Raymond was baptized as an infant May 2, 1926, by the Rev. H. B. Witzke; and was later confirmed in his faith as a youth, March 7, 1940, by the Rev. Martin Seybold, both at Evangelical and Reformed Church in Lester Prairie.
Ray attended country school through the eighth grade, and then graduated from Lester Prairie Public School. He furthered his education by attending Dunwoody Institute for a degree in heating/plumbing.
Ray entered active military service in the United States Navy Jan. 23, 1945, and served his country overseas during World War II as an aviation metalsmith third class. He was honorably discharged July 21, 1946.
Ray was united in marriage to Delores Knacke Aug. 16, 1947, by the Rev. R. A. Ritz at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie. Ray and Delores made their home in Lester Prairie. Their marriage was blessed with three sons, Brad, Dale, and Dan.
Ray and Delores shared over 67 years of marriage.
Ray owned and operated Dietel Plumbing and Heating for 20 years, from 1968 to 1988. He was also a farmer, school bus driver, hauled bulk gas and fuel oil for Jenneke Oil, and cut meat at Prairie Market.
He was an active member at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie, and was also a member of the Lester Prairie American Legion Post 463 and Lester Prairie Fire Department.
A hardworking and devoted husband, Ray loved to reminisce about the gold toilet they used for cards at their 50th wedding anniversary celebration, and when his entire family celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary at Rush Lake.
Ray enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, hunting, playing cards, and attending his children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events. He cherished the time spent with his friends and family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Raymond is survived by his wife, Delores Dietel of Winsted; sons Bradley Dietel and his wife, Kathy, of Sparks, NV, Dale Dietel and his wife, Jane, and Daniel Dietel and his wife, Patrice, all of Lester Prairie; and grandchildren Greg Dietel and his wife, Beth, of Jordan, Rachel Dietel Hoskins of Houston, MN, Robert Mierau and his wife, Greta, of Caledonia, Tamara Lucido of Glendale, AZ, Steven Dietel and his wife, Melissa, of Lester Prairie, Michael Dietel and his wife, Jessica, of Victoria, Erin Herrmann and her husband, Matt, of Lester Prairie, Andrew Dietel of Mound, Eric Dietel of Somerset, WI, and Katelin Dietel of Lester Prairie.
He is further survived by great-grandchildren Amanda Dietel and her fiancé, Nate, Leah Aamlid and her husband, Erik, Jenna Dietel, Thomas Dietel, Tyler Hoskins, Brett Hoskins, Brennan Mierau, Karsen Mierau, Heather Mierau, Sawyer Mierau, Kaelyn Lucido, Logan Lucido, Rylee Lucido, Alec Dietel, Maxwell Dietel, Carson Dietel, Caiden Herrmann, Bennett Herrmann, and Teagen Herrmann; a sister, Leona Schultz of Glencoe; a brother-in-law, Stanley Rustad of Waconia; nieces; nephews; other relatives and many friends.
Raymond was preceded in death by his parents, John and Lucy Dietel; brothers and sisters Henry Dietel, Irene Klaustermeier, Clarence Dietel, Linda Hoernemann, Elmer Dietel, and Adela Rustad; brother-in-law and sister-in-law DeVan Knacke, and Angeline Stender.
Funeral services took place Monday, March 23 at 10 a.m. at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie, with interment at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. The Rev. Eric Nelson officiated, and the organist was Jane Holasek. Congregational hymns were “Amazing Grace,” “How Great Thou Art,” and “Abide With Me.”
Honorary casket bearers were Rachel Dietel Hoskins, Erin Herrmann, and Katelin Dietel.
Casket bearers were Greg Dietel, Steven Dietel, Michael Dietel, Eric Dietel, Matt Herrmann, and Robert Mierau.
Arrangements were with the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel of Lester Prairie. Online obituaries and guest book available at www.hantge.com; click on Obituaries/Guest Book.