William Dieterle (1920 - 2017)

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William Dieterle

William F. "Butch" Dieterle, Jr., 97, passed away December 27, 2017. He was born September 5, 1920 in Mt. Vernon, IN to the late William F. and Katie (Orman) Dieterle.

Butch, an avid sportsman, played football and ran track at Mt. Vernon High School. He was a member of the M-Club. The unofficial "mayor" of Bufkin, where he lived for 70 years, Butch loved visiting with his family and many friends, including Farm Bureau colleagues, and fellow veterans and members of the American Legion Firing Squad, on which he served for over four decades.

Butch was a decorated World War II veteran (B Battery, 163rd Field Artillery, 38th Infantry Division, U.S. Army), who was awarded the Silver Star, the Asiatic-Pacific Ribbon with 3 Bronze Stars, the American Defense Service Medal, the Philippines Liberation Ribbon with a Bronze Star, and the Good Conduct Medal. He retired from Farm Bureau Refinery. Butch was a lifetime member of the American Legion Owen Dunn Post 5 and VFW Post 1114.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Ralph and George Dieterle; sisters, Irma Walker, Evalena Weber, Wilma Kohler, and Kathryn Roos; and brother-in-laws, Robert McGhee and Donald McGhee.

He is survived by his bride of 74 years, Dorothy Faye (McGhee) Dieterle, with whom he loved to dance the Tennessee Waltz; four children, Sharon (Ralph) Juncker, Max (Dana) Dieterle, Rebecca Duncan, and Patti (Peter) Stevenson; nine grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held at 11:00 am, Saturday, December 30, 2017, at Schneider Funeral Home, 512 Main St., Mt. Vernon, IN, with Jerry King officiating and private entombment to follow in Alexander Memorial Park. Military rites provided by Owen Dunn Post #5.

Visitation was held from 9:00 am until 11:00 am service time on Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Legion Owen Dunn Post 5 Honor Guard.

Condolences may be made online at www.schneiderfuneralhome.com
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Schneider Funeral Home - Mt. Vernon
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Mt. Vernon, IN 47620
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Published in Mount Vernon Democrat on Dec. 30, 2017
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