Dad, I know yesterday was ONE of your birthdays but I didn't want to upset Grandma so happy belated birthday.Mom already brought you up to date. I miss you a lot, but I am at peace you are in heaven with all the others that went on ahead. I spend a lot of evenings just sitting outside looking at the stars. Every time I see a shooting star I know it is you riding across the sky on the baddest Motorcycle in the universe. I also know you are teasing me till I can join you. Pick me out a good ride Dad and I will be right alongside you forever.Love, your son.
Happy Birthday, Bill. You were born 83 years ago today. I know birthdays never seemed a big deal with you but they were with me. You left me a little over three months ago. But I know that you are with your parents and Tom, Naomi, Jim and Bud now. I bet you were happy to see them. I hope you are able to see how we are doing. The gathering on July 6 was a success with many nieces and nephews showing up, plus a few of our friends. We set off firecrackers in memory of how you and your dad used to love our 4th of July parties. The firecrackers were not like we used to get, all they did was give off smoke and we had to keep lighting them. Our relatives remembered many of the good times we had at the farm. And there were many good times along with some bad. Roxanna and Ken are talking about taking a cruise –I hope they can. Bill got new glasses and I bought me a new bed. Boy, am I glad to not have to sleep another night in that uncomfortable twin bed. The lawnmower quit working so I had to buy another one. Dan put it together for me. It's bigger and heavier than the old one. I mowed the other day and it does a good job. This old house is really creaking lately. But it is still holding up OK. I haven't had to do any major repairs on it yet. The garbage disposal was acting up. I think I put too many orange peels down at one time. I thought I was going to have to replace it but now it seems to be all right. I am getting use to driving the car. I have just over 1300 miles on it now. I'm glad we got it while you were still able to enjoy it. Dan has been working on the '66. He got the steering wheel, horn, and radio to work OK now. I don't know what he has planned next but he wants to make it look as original as possible. Well, I guess that brings you up to date for now. Bill, I still expect to see you come through a door, or I want to tell you about something I saw or read but you are not here. I didn't expect to lose you so soon. We had a good life together. I feel so lost and alone. I miss you and your smile so much.
Its been years as a teenager and hanging out with Bill that I had the great opportunity to meet you. What I remember most was that infectious smile and the heart of gold. You will be well missed by many but will never be forgotten.
i was a friend of his son's bill but only met him a few times. he was always
kind to me and had a great sense of humor.
Bill (Chief) was a very good man, he played hard but on the job he was all business. I learned a lot about good work ethics and being a man from him. I will always remember his wonderful laugh and his quiet voice when you messed up on the job. He was taken from us to soon. Love to you Billy and to the family, you all remain in my prayers.
I never had the pleasure to know Mr. Ditmar, but the fond recollections of his son Bill introduced me to one of the finest fathers this world has known. Much respect sent your way Bill Ditmar. God bless you and your family.
I remember most of all the weekends spent at the farm on Ball Road. We had some good times there! All the trouble us Patterson kids caused when we were small and Uncle Bill loving us no matter what. He was a wonderful man, this world will miss him.
Dad, I could not have had a better example of a Father and truly great human being to learn from and try to become if I picked you from a catalog and checked all the options. Mom hosted a perfect memorial for you and she even had us all light a sparkler in yours and Grandpa Ditmar's honor. I miss you and can't wait to join you in Heaven so we can do something we never did here, Ride Motorcycles together! Don't worry Mom is doing well, you made sure she would be comfortable. Love,Bill. :)
Praying the Lord will hold you especially close and comfort you Joy. Bill is going to be deeply miss. God Bless you and your family. Jim and Patti
One of the "finest" men I have ever known. He influenced us all...he will be missed.