Dietrich, Carl Bud age 92, died peacefully on Wednesday evening, September 24, 2014. He was born May 7, 1922 in East St.Louis, Illinois and has always been known as Bud. He attended Central Catholic High School and graduated from East St. Louis High School in 1941. He attended St. Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Indiana and following World War II attended Shrivenham University in Swindon, England. He was a World War II Army Veteran serving as an instructor in the Pack Artillery at Fort Sill, Oklahoma and spent 18 months overseas with the 12th Armored Division. He ended his service as an Intelligence N.C.O. in Germany. Bud had a career as a full time Magician. He performed for 44 years until his retirement in November 2000. He was well known in magic and lectured to magicians all over Europe and America. He invented magic tricks and co-authored a book on magic. For over 20 years he specialized in working trade shows for industries and was often called the Fortune 500 Magician. Bud was a life member of the third and fourth degrees of the Knights of Columbus. He served on the Board of Directors of the International Brotherhood of Magicians and is a lifetime member of that organization. He is also a member of the Society of American Magicians and a former member of the famed Magic Castle in Los Angeles. He is a founding member of the Layman's Assn. of the Shrine of Our Lady of Snows. Bud was preceded in death by his wife, Audrey, (nee Effinger) Dietrich whom he married October 4, 1947. They had been married for 66 years when she died last year. He was also preceded in death by his parents, George and Martha (nee Bessen) Dietrich; a brother Paul Henry Dietrich, his in-laws Joseph and Rita (nee Savard) Effinger and sister-inlaw Dorothy Ann (nee Beltz) Effinger. He is survived by two children, a son, Paul Dietrich and his wife, Laura, of Upperville, Virginia; a daughter, Joan Dietrich of St. Louis, Missouri; a sister, Betty Rogers of San Antonio, Texas; brother-in-law, Richard Effinger and many nieces and nephews. By request of the family, in lieu of flowers, Masses or contributions to the Alzheimer's Association
, 9370 Olive Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63132 may be made. Services: Visitation: Friends may call from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, on Sunday, September 28, 2014 at Kurrus Funeral Home, 1773 Frank Scott Parkway West in Belleville, IL and from 9:00 am to 10:00 am on Monday, September 29, 2014 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 8707 West Main Street, Belleville, IL. Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am on Monday, September 29, 2014 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 8707 West Main Street, Belleville, IL with Msgr. Jack McEvilly officiating. Interment will follow at Mount Carmel Cemetery, Belleville, IL.