Marvin Ditmer

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SIDNEY — Marvin Lewis Ditmer was born on April 26, 1935, in the oldest brick house in Shelby County. He passed away on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, less than 500 feet from where he was born, surrounded by his loving family. He was the only child of the late Arthur and Anita (Bair) Ditmer.

On Nov. 8, 1953, Marvin was married to Barbara Allen who survives. He is also survived by three sons, Roger (Anne) Ditmer, of St. Simons, Georgia, Mark (Sheryl) Ditmer, and Eric (Teresa) Ditmer both of Sidney, grandchildren, Kathryn Ditmer, of Washington D.C., Stephanie Dobak, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Barbara Ditmer, of Charleston, South Carolina, Bailey Ditmer, of Sandusky, Jacob, Austin and Andrew Ditmer, all of Cincinnati, Michael Ditmer, of Sidney, and great-granddaughter, Mackenzie Mae Dobak, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Marvin graduated from Sidney High School in 1953 and served in the U.S. Army from 1954 through 1956, and was stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska. He was a lifelong dairy and grain farmer who loved to shell corn with his beloved dog, Buckeye, riding along in the combine.

Marvin loved visiting people, especially through the Outreach Group of the Sidney First United Methodist Church where he was a member for over 70 years. He served in missions in southern Ohio, Kentucky, New Orleans, Florida, and Haiti.

Marvin was also a member of the Shelby County Farm Bureau, and Compromise Grange. He was a school bus driver for 13 years. He was a 4-H adviser for 57 years for the Starting Farmers 4-H Club with an interest in Parliamentary Procedure. In October 2015 the club honored him with a plaque for his many years in service. He also served many years as a trustee for Washington Township, in charge of Beechwood Cemetery.

Marvin loved to face time with his grandchildren and especially his one-year-old great-granddaughter, Mackenzie Mae. He enjoyed camping and had visited every state, making friends, as well as seeing his Army buddies with whom he corresponded regularly.

He enjoyed the activities of the Shelby County Historical Society. He went on several AAA tours, the most recent to Cape Cod, Massachusetts. His interests included planting gardens and trees, raising raspberries and asparagus, working in the woods, clearing brush, and watching wildlife. He was a fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes, Cincinnati Reds and Bengals. The past few years he has restored his homestead, the Wilson-Lonox-Ditmer house, built in 1816 on Houston Road.

As a final gesture of his giving spirit, he has donated his body to Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens, Ohio, for research. Final arrangements are in the care of Cromes Funeral Home, 302 S. Main Ave, Sidney.

In his memory, the family requests that donations be made to the Starting Farmers 4-H Club, the Sidney First United Methodist Church, and Wilson Hospice.

Condolences may be expressed to the Ditmer family at the funeral home's website,

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Cromes Funeral Home Inc
302 S. Main Ave.
Sidney, OH 45365
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Published in Sidney Daily News from Feb. 21 to Feb. 22, 2016