Loving husband of Violet June (Hollister) Ditrich and Father to six children, Judith (Dains), Janet (Silva), Donald, Daniel, Claudia (Elespuru) and Michael; 16 Grandchildren, 30 Great Grandchildren, and 8 Great-Great Grandchildren.
Emil was born, raised, and married in Erie, Pennsylvania. In 1960 he relocated his family to Sacramento, California, then to the Bay Area in 1963, from there to Discovery Bay in 1988, and finally to Lodi in 2000.
He was a Tool and Die Maker by trade and retired from Hewlett Packard in 1985 after 23 years in their employ.
He was a decorated Veteran of WWII serving in New Guinea and the Philippines for two years; an avid fisherman, he spent much of his time on Lake Erie on the East Coast and the Pacific Ocean on the West. He was a master craftsman and an advanced photographer. His love of life was evident by the things he surrounded himself with, family, friends, pets, music, and nature.
The loss of our Father, the Patriarch of our vast and growing family, will leave an unfillable place in our hearts.
The family would like to express our heartfelt appreciation for the wonderful care given by Hospice of San Joaquin, you are a special group of people.
A private Memorial is being scheduled.
Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from Feb. 6 to Feb. 14, 2014