Obituary: Dennis Dietz


Dennis (Denny) Hugo Dietz, 81, of Walcott, passed away Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021, at Courtyard Estates of Walcott.  Funeral services were 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 27, in the Runge Mortuary Chapel, Davenport. Visitation was from 4 – 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, at the Mortuary.  Burial was in Davenport Memorial Park.  In lieu of flowers, the family wishes memorials are made to the Walcott Fire Association.  Online condolences may be expressed at 

Dennis Hugo Dietz was born Feb. 2, 1940, to Reynold (Jack) and Anita (Puls) Dietz in Davenport.  He graduated from Davenport High School in 1958, and attended the University of Iowa.  Denny married Donna (Gallatin) Dietz on Sept. 3, 1960, at Grace United Methodist Church, Davenport; and shared 55 years of marriage and memories until her passing in January 2016.  They had three children, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Denny and Donna farmed near Walcott since their marriage, raising all three children on the family farm, and he continued to help with his son’s operation through the years.  He also worked at Eastern Iowa Grain Inspection & Weighing Service in Davenport during his “semi-retirement” years.  Denny was a member of the Walcott Community Club, Walcott Lions Club, Walcott Farmers Elevator Board, and coached both Little League Baseball and Dad’s Club Softball for several years.  Even after long hard days on the farm, Denny often could be found at his grandkids' sporting events, livestock shows, or at the ballpark enjoying an ISC Men’s Fastpitch softball game with friends and family. 

Denny is survived by two sons, Doug (Peggy) and Don (Sara), both of Walcott; daughter, Dana (Tim) Roehlk, Cedar Rapids; four grandsons: Ryan (Steffany) Dietz, Eldridge, Reed (Shannon Eppele) Dietz and Evan Dietz, both of Walcott, and Cameron Roehlk, Salina, Kan.; granddaughter Jeramie Roehlk, Ames; and two great-grandchildren, Aida and Henry of Eldridge. Denny also leaves behind a sister, Derrine Schaar, brother, Dale Dietz, and a sister-in- law, Marcia (Gary) Wiebler, all of Davenport.

Denny was preceded in death by his wife Donna, his parents, brother-in-law, Herb Schaar, and a sister-in-law, Patty Dietz.


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