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Saturday, November 21, 2009

The Rev. Kenneth W. Dietze, 96, of Shinglehouse, PA

The Rev. Kenneth W. Dietze
“faithful servant”

Shinglehouse, PA---The Rev. Kenneth W. Dietze, 96, of Shinglehouse, PA, died Friday, November 20, 2009 in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, after a short illness.

Born August 27, 1913 in Boston, Massachusetts, he was a son of Fred W. and Lavinia A. Whitcomb Dietze. On June 1, 1933 in Brooklyn, NY, he married Alma G. Grube who died on April 18, 1961. On April 10, 1964 in Eldred, PA, he married Dacia V. Austin, who died on January 15, 1989.

Pastor Dietze attended grammar school in Hartsville, SC and high school in Hartsville, SC and Conway, SC. He graduated from Brooklyn Technical School in Brooklyn, NY and Elim Bible Institute in Hornell, NY.

For many years Pastor Dietze was a printer at the Elim Bible Institute and at the Olean Times Herald in Olean, NY. In addition, he ran a printing business for many years in his home where he also printed missionary materials which were shipped all over the world.

He was pastor of the Wellsville Full Gospel Church in Wellsville and later served as pastor of the Myrtle Gospel Tabernacle Church in Myrtle, PA from 1952 until 1964, where he remained very active after retiring as pastor. For many years, Pastor Dietze was the area representative for Elim Bible Institute, which is now located in Lima, NY.

Pastor Dietze was a member of the Myrtle Gospel Tabernacle Church in Myrtle, PA. He was a member, lead vocalist, and trombone player for the Band over Boys Band in Wellsville, NY which is now the Dixieland Band.

Surviving are three daughters, Anne R. (Donald) Quick of Dallas, TX, Elizabeth P. Morris of Wellsville, NY, and Marilyn G. (Felix) Casaceli of Harrison, Ohio; two sons, Kenneth J. Dietze and Paul W. (Debbie) Dietze, both of Shinglehouse, PA; twenty grandchildren; forty-seven great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents and wives, Pastor Dietze was predeceased by four grandsons.

Friends may call on Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, November 23, 2009 at the Myrtle Gospel Tabernacle Church, Route 44, Shinglehouse, PA, at which time funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. with The Rev. Robert N. Hubbard, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the Myrtle Cemetery, Myrtle, PA.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Myrtle Gospel Tabernacle Church, 1127 Rte 44, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

He will be greatly missed at the manor. He was a great guy.. =)