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DIETRICH SCHMIEMAN Einan's at Sunset Dietrich lived a life that was all too short, but he lived life to the fullest every day. People who were fortunate to know Dietrich were inspired by him to overcome difficult obstacles, to become better people, and, like him, to enjoy life fully. His positive influence on these people will continue. Dietrich excelled academically and participated in the Running Start Program, simultaneously earning a high school diploma from Hanford High School and an Associate of Arts degree from Columbia Basin College. He could have done anything at that point in his life. He chose military service. He enlisted in the US Marine Corps in 2010. Dietrich's first assignment as a Marine was to Third Recon on Okinawa, Japan. He completed training in military parachuting and diving. In January 2014 he was promoted to Sergeant and selected for Marine Corps Special Operations School, including training in Arabic language. Sergeant Schmieman was a member of 2D Marine Raider Battalion, Marine Special Operations Team 8232. He served as the Team's Communications Marine and Joint Terminal Attack Controller. With the team, he executed more than 60 military freefall jumps. Much has been written about the close bonds formed by the brotherhood of warriors, especially among our nation's elite special forces. As much as Dietrich felt close bonds with his MARSOC Team, his bonds to his childhood friends in Richland were just as close. Dietrich's closest friends in Richland included Chris Lynch, Michael Carasino, Colby Abbot, Jeremy Jones, Nathan Jonas, Russell Brouillard, Jake Mulkey, Ayrald Hubert and Wandrille Hubert. They are a very diverse group, but Dietrich treated each equally. They skied, hiked, camped, played, laughed, and cried together. Their friendship began in grade school at Christ the King and continues to today. Although some of his close friends moved to other locations for higher education or employment, they continued to communicate with each other often. They gathered and celebrated together every time Dietrich was home. Reunions usually included skiing, camping, and croquet matches. The love of Dietrich's life was Morgan Zoufal of Atlanta Georgia. Through their commuter romance between Atlanta and Camp Lejeune, they shared love, affection, laughter, travel, smiles, and each other. Dietrich's attitudes that made him loved by so many - doing the right thing with joy; treating all people fairly, with love, kindness, and a smile; helping and encouraging others; and giving his best at everything he tried these attitudes were developed at an early age by a Christian education at Christ the King elementary school and by the Children's Ministry at Richland Lutheran Church. Dietrich was preceded in death almost exactly two years by his good friend Jake Mulkey. Dietrich is survived by his Mother, Susan, Father, Eric, and brothers Aaron and Hans (Becca) Schmieman; by his Aunts/Uncles Scott Aho, Sherrie Aho, Shawn (Dana) Austin, and Anita (Robert) Hawkins; and by cousins Ivy (Ben) Aho, Andy (Jaci) Gruhn, and Tiffany (Martin) Hernandez. Sunset Gardens, along with the Schmieman family, invite you to the Sergeant Dietrich Schmieman, A Fallen Marine's Homecoming. Please arrive between 4-6pm at Einan's at Sunset Funeral Home to await his arrival. Dietrich is expected to arrive at on or around 7-7:30pm. Flags will line the road from the entrance of the cemetery to the funeral home. We ask guests to line up starting at the funeral home, all the way up to the entrance of the cemetery. Parking is best done at the Event Center to minimize traffic at the funeral home. We will have traffic control and volunteers on-site for guidance. Contact Holley Sowards at Einan's at Sunset for any additional questions. Call 509-943-1114 or email her at [email protected] A Celebration of Life and Military Honors will be held for Dietrich at Central Church in Richland at 10:00AM on August 12th. It was Dietrich's wish to have his ashes spread on Mount Rainier. Additional information about services will be released by Einan's as it becomes available. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Dietrich's honor to Richland Lutheran Church's Youth Ministry. In lieu of all else, consider living life fully, every day! Express your thoughts and memories on our online Guestbook at
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Einan's Funeral Home, Inc.
915 By-Pass Highway
Richland, WA 99352
(509) 943-1114
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Published in Tri-City Herald from July 23 to Aug. 6, 2017
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