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John Allen Dittmer

John Allen Dittmer, a resident of Torrance, California, passed away on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at the age of 83. John, who died a widower, was born in Fargo, North Dakota, on June 20, 1930, the youngest and the last survivor of seven children. His father was John F. A. Dittmer; his mother was Irene C. Kellermann. In his youth, John spent many hours working on his father's farm in North Dakota and learned the values of early rising and hard work. When, after working a while in his sister's store in Denver, Colorado, he later moved to the Los Angeles area and began his career with Continental Airlines, that discipline paid off. His hard work and eagerness took him quickly from washing planes to a career as an Airline Lead Mechanic, an occupation he performed with great skill and pride for over 40 years. In 1962 he married the love of his life, Anna C. ("Nancie") Murphy, from Newry, Northern Ireland. The couple enjoyed 47 years together in their life of dancing, fun and travel, until Nancie's death in 2009. John never remarried, and is survived by numerous nieces and nephews, and their children and grandchildren, in various parts of the U.S. A spirited and jolly man, John brought laughter and happiness into the lives of all he touched. John's cremated ashes will be scattered at sea on Saturday, June 21, 2014, where his dear wife Nancie's ashes were scattered. The scattering of John's ashes will be carried out from a vessel aptly named the "Voyager," departing at 10:30 a.m. on June 21 from the pier at 131 International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach, CA 90277 (next to Kincaid's Restaurant). Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze from June 14 to June 19, 2014
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