John Ditzler, 89, of Candler, NC, and with family in Huntington, IN, died Friday, March 26, 2021.
Mr. Ditzler graduated from South Shore High School in January, 1950. He was drafted into the U.S. Army on July 23, 1952. He served in the Medical Co. 351st Infantry Reg in Trieste, Italy, on the Yugoslavia border at the southern end of the Iron Curtain. He was honorably discharged in June, 1954. He worked for U.S. Steel in Chicago and then Ditzler-Kelley Lumber. He also worked for Memcor and Our Sunday Visitor / Noll Printing in Huntington. He retired from there after 29 years of service as production control manager. He was a part-time farmer and raised chickens, pigs and beef cattle. He also farmed soybeans. He was a member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Candler, NC, and SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Huntington.
He was born on Nov. 23, 1931, in Goshen, to Edward and Mary Margaret “Peg” Steele Ditzler. He married Patricia Rodney on Feb. 3, 1951, at St. Bride’s Catholic Church. She survives.
Additional survivors include five children, Diane Close, of Alexandria, Mary Margaret “Peg” Dunn, of Candler, NC, James (Gina) Ditzler, of Huntingotn, Leigh Anne (Troy) King, of Lafayette, and Andrew (David Brodeur) Ditzler, of Atlanta, GA; 12 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Jennifer (Heath White) Ditzler, of Asheville, NC.
Calling will take place on Friday, April 9, 2021, from 10 to 11 a.m., with a memorial mass to immediately follow at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 860 Cherry St., Huntington, with Rev. Tony Steinacker presiding. McElhaney-Hart Funeral Home, Huntington, is in charge of arrangements.
A private family burial will take place at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Huntington.
Memorials may be made to John and Patricia Ditzler Community Fund, in care of McElhaney-Hart Funeral Home, 715 N. Jefferson St., Huntington, IN 46750.