DIETZ, SIEGFRIED CARL (SIG) - age 91, of Knoxville, Tennessee, passed away Friday, June 20, 2014, at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. He was born in Teterow, Germany, April 3, 1923 and immigrated to the Unites States with his parents Gustave and Magda Broeker Dietz when he was one and half years old. They settled in Naperville, Illinois, where he spent his growing up years. After completing two years of college at Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa, he joined the United States Army and served in an anti aircraft outfit guarding bridges, and was trained to shoot at strafing planes. Sig landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day and served until the end of the war. He returned to Cornell and received his BS degree, then received his Masters degree from the University of Illinois and received his Doctorate in education from Arizona State University with a focus on counselor training. Sig taught in Elementary, Junior High, and High School before coming to the University of Tennessee in 1964 to be part of the newly formed Education Psychology and Guidance Department where he taught until his retirement in 1989. He was active in many of his professional organizations, and was chairman of the group that developed a Gerontological Counseling program that was designated as the next National Exemplary Program by the American Personnel and Guidance Association, also serving later as acting Head of the Department. Sig was involved with AARP Works programs to aid seniors in new career development, the USAID program establishing the first school counselors in Kathmandu, Nepal and served many years in the Knox County Office on Aging Board and currently on the Work Force Connection Board. He is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Elsie Appleton. Sig is survived by his wife of 64 years, Margaret Leland Dietz; son, Kurt Dietz; daughter, Stacy Jewel (Richard); grandchildren, Kevin and Austin Dietz, Eric, Seth and Adam Douglas, Victoria, Olivia and Samuel Jewel; three great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. A celebration of life service will be held Friday, June 27, 2014 at 3:30pm at the Buckingham Clubhouse, 7303 Manderly Way, Knoxville (additional parking at the retirement center). The family will receive friends in the lounge following the service. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Knox County Office on Aging, P.O. Box 51650, Knoxville, TN 37950. Arrangements by Cremation Options, Inc. (865)6WE-CARE (693-2273) www.cremationoptionsinc.com
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Published in Knoxville News Sentinel from June 25 to June 26, 2014