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Saturday, November 21, 2009

A Tribute To Brother Kenneth W. Dietze

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.



Tribute to 'Brother Dietze'
by Paul Heimel

The man who is affectionately and respectfully referred to as "Brother Dietze" was a mere 73 years young when I first met him in 1986.

It was through a mutual friend in newspapering that I was introduced to him. I was instantly taken by the warm smile, the twinkle in his eye and the, well, godly presence of this humble man.

Our paths have crossed again and again in countless settings. Without fail, this man of God bestows timeless wisdom and words of encouragement and inspiration, even as he fights the challenges of advancing age and physical setbacks.

He has a special gift; he IS a special gift.

Everyone who has met him is a better person because of it.















Photos By Lugene Heimel

**This tribute to Brother Dietze by Paul Heimel was published on Solomon's words in 2008 marking Brother Dietze's 95th birthday. When contacted about Brother Dietze's passing, Paul wrote:

"I received the news last night about Brother Dietze.

What a wonderful man. I visited him last week and he said he wasn't ready to die yet because he wasn't done serving the Lord. I was thinking through the night that he still will be serving the Lord in the way he touched and inspired so many of us."

5 comments :

Midge Houghtaling said...

Yes, he was a wonderful man! I met him once (about 4 yrs. ago) when I was working in Coudersport. He shared stories from his past and how he came to believe in Jesus Christ. Condolences to his family- I'm sure he will be greatly missed!

Marcia and Joe said...

You were an inspiration to all you met. We know you are at peace in the home where you have worked all of your life to arrive at. There must have been a celebration. We will greatly miss you, but we have so many fond memories of our years we were able to spend with you and Dacia. You have arrived! God Bless.

Anonymous said...

What a good and humble man. He will be missed very much...

Curt said...

Sorry to hear of Brother Deitz's passing. I would usually look up Ken at Sweden Manor when visiting with my 100 year old father-in-law. Ken & the late Rev Bill Grover would often be together. Rev Grover left the earth a few months ago. Bill oftentimes filled-in at the Presbyterian church. Two good men left this planet.

Anonymous said...

I will never forget Rev. Deitz. If you didn't know him, you missed someone wonderful. He was a riot! I took bus trips with this man and spent time with hime in revival services and regular services. I don't think there is another man like him. What a musician! Boy could he play. I could have listened to him for hours.

I am sorry I will miss the funeral and visitation but to the family and friends of Rev. Deitz...He was a very special man and ready to be on the go all the time until his last few years. I loved him as a Christian brother....

Melanie