Rollie W. Diethrich

Rollie W. Diethrich Nov. 3, 1916 - June 5, 2014 BUCHANAN - Rollie W. Diethrich, age 97, of Buchanan, died Thursday, June 5th, at Lakeland Medical Center, Niles. He was born November 3, 1916, to the late William and Dessie Hartzell Diethrich in Fletcher, Michigan. Two brothers, Earl and Wilbur Diethrich, and a sister, Hattie Traverse, also preceded him in death. Rollie moved to the area in 1936 to work at Clark Equipment Company in the drill department. On July 27, 1940, he married Georgia Upson. They celebrated over 50 years of marriage. She preceded him in death in June 1991. In 1996, Rollie married Ellen Goodrich, who died in 2004. He was a graduate of Constantine High School and was a co-owner of Trio Manufacturing in Dowagiac where they made patterns, fiberglass sailboats and germ-free laboratory equipment for Loban Industries at Notre Dame. Rollie is survived by a son, Timothy (Mary) Diethrich; a step-son, Ron (Bev) Rowe; two grandchildren, Mary Anne (Shawn) Ward and Matthew (Amethyst) Diethrich; and four great-grand-children; along with four nephews, two nieces, and many great-nephews and nieces. A service celebrating his life will be held on Thursday, June 12, at 11:00 a.m. at Faith United Methodist Church, 728 N. Detroit St., Buchanan, Pastor Edward Slate officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery Memorial contributions may be made to Faith United Methodist Church, 728 N. Detroit St., Buchanan, Michigan 49107. The family is being served by Swem Chapel in Buchanan. To sign his guestbook or leave a condolence message, please visit our website:

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Published in South Bend Tribune on June 8, 2014