Ronald William Dietzen, age 85, was born to eternal life on Sept. 21, 2013. Ron was born November 6, 1927 to Joseph and Clara Dietzen. He graduated from Kimberly High School. He is a Veteran of World War II
. Ron served as a fireman
in the U.S. Navy
aboard the U.S.S. Boliver. He attended UW-Stevens Point, and in 1948 attended DeVry School for Radio Electronics.
Upon his return, he married Mary Therese Burns at St. Mary's in Kaukauna on October 20, 1951 and started their family of 8 children.
He was a successful businessman and owner of Dietzen TV and Appliance. He was a member of Knights of Columbus. He was a long time member of St. Bernadette's Parish and later, St. Mary's Parish in Appleton.
Ron enjoyed reading, playing sheepshead and model airplane building. He also enjoyed playing golf as a member of Fox Valley Golf Club for many years and shot a hole-in one. Ron and Mary enjoyed traveling on vacations to many parts of the world. He treasured the times with his family, including camping trips, cottage vacations and many other special moments with his family and friends
Survived by his wife Mary (Burns) Dietzen, Children; Diane Boheen of Menomonee Falls, Kurt and Beth Dietzen of Appleton, Greg and Sara Dietzen of Green Bay, Susan and Tom Van Veghel of Sherwood, Janet and Bill Strohmenger of Cedarburg, Gary Dietzen of Askeaton, Doug and Ranya Dietzen of Gurnee, IL. Grandchildren: Michael and Caryn Boheen, Stephanie (Chad) Sprangers, Jon Dietzen, Lauren (Travis) Ott, Amanda Nowak, Lisa Dietzen, Eric (Megan) Van Veghel, Luke (Nicole) Huntley, Laura (Brian) Heyndrickx, Melissa (Aaron) Jones, Darin, Taylor and Riley Strohmenger, Jessica and Nick Dietzen. Great Grandchildren: Jylian and Iley Sprangers, Maddux and Rowen Ott, Jackson and Norah Van Veghel, Kailyn and Owen Huntley, Ella and Rylan Heyndrickx. Siblings: Shirley Better, Carla (Earl) Wallace, Joseph (Rose) Dietzen, Marvin Dietzen, Donna (Dick) Van Grinsven. In-laws: Robert Burns, Betty Lauer, Dave & Alice Huss.
Preceded in death by his son, Daniel L. Dietzen; parents, Joseph and Clara Dietzen; brother, Ken Dietzen; In Laws: Daniel and Florence Burns, Grace Dietzen, Marcia Dietzen, Emil Better, Jack and Ruth Burns, Daniel Burns Jr. and Rose Marie Burns, Art Lauer and Mary Virginia Burns, Nephews; Bruce Van Grinsven, Tom, Pat, and Michael Burns, Niece; Ellen Fink.
Visitation will be held Tuesday September 24, 2013 at Brettschneider-Trettin-Nickel Funeral Home (606 N Oneida St Appleton, WI 54911) from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM. On Wednesday September 25, visitation will be held 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM at St. Mary Catholic Church (312 South State St., Appleton, WI 54911) followed by a funeral mass at 10:30 AM. Interment will be at Holy Angels Cemetery in Darboy, WI.
The family would like to extend their sincere gratefulness and appreciation to the medical staff from ThedaCare and Hospice, and a special thank you to Dr. Kevin Mortara. Also thank you for the support and care from the people of St. Mary's, and the continued love and support from family and friends.