Manfred Dietrich (1941 - 2017)

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Manfred Dietrich, 76, from Seward, Alaska, passed away on Dec. 27, 2017, after a long battle with cancer.
Funeral services will be held at the Resurrection Lutheran Church, 400 3rd Avenue in Seward, on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, at 11 a.m. A burial service at the Seward City Cemetery will follow. A public viewing will be held from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Manfred was born on Nov. 18, 1941, in Konigsberg, Prussia, in what is now present-day Kaliningrad, Russia, to Herta Baltruweit and Kurt Dietrich. They moved to war-torn West Germany, where Manfred and his mother had an impoverished and difficult life. After dropping out of school at the age of 13, he became a Merchant Marine and traveled the world on merchant ships where he fell in love with the sea. He eventually landed in America, became a citizen and married Judith Lee of Olympia, Wash.
He worked as a longshoreman, painter, commercial deep-sea diver and instructor, commercial fisherman, welder and pile buck in many parts of the United States and Europe. He fell in love with Alaska while working on the trans-Alaska pipeline and moved his family there in 1976. He eventually bought a landing craft, the M/V Flying D, and started a successful commercial fishing and cargo business named Marine Specialties of Alaska based out of Seward. Manfred was active in his church and local business community. He had a passion for hard work and accomplishment, and was quick to smile and laugh at life's challenges.
He was a supportive and loving father and is survived by his six children: Carl, Jon and David Dietrich; Mette Karlsen; and Cara and Cory Osenga; and stepdaughter, Marissa Lackey. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren: Steven, Jaime, Nicholas, Matthew, Danielle, Sarah, Dominic and Derek Dietrich; Daniel and Ana Rosen; Sanne, Jonas and Vegar Karlsen; and Brianna Scott and Reilly Nelsen. He is survived by many family members in Minden, Germany.
Arrangements made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel & Crematory. Please sign or visit his online guestbook at

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Published in Anchorage Daily News on Jan. 3, 2018