Gary Gene Dittmer, age 75, passed away at Honor Health Hospital at Thompson Peak Parkway, Scottsdale , on Thursday, February 11, 2016.
Born May 8, 1940, in Fargo, North Dakota , he grew up on the family farm outside of Leonard, ND. He graduated from Leonard High School, and attended North Dakota and Arizona State Universities. Gary farmed over 30 years and after farming sold real estate in North Dakota and Arizona for 27years.
Survivors include his wife of almost 53 years, Marvy Jo, son Mark (Katrina) Dittmer, daughter Lisa (Peter) Welte, four grand children Alex and Hannah Dittmer, Cole and Kellie Welte., and two sisters Shirley (Ed) Alvstad-Williams and Karen (David) Trottier.
Services will be held at on 2 p.m., Saturday, February 20, at Messinger's Point Peak Mortuary, 8555 E. Pinnacle Peak Road, Scottsdale, AZ. All are welcome at the service and the reception immediately following.
Dear Marvy, Mark, Lisa and Family, I just learned that Gary passed away. Marvy, both you and Gary were like family when we were in Leonard. We were fortunate to have such good friends in you two! We shared many good times together, and were always there for each other. Gary always had his smile, even as we drove him to Fargo after the combine accident. We were all blessed to have known him. Steve, Bobbi, James, Jeff, and Erin Sedlmayr and families. ~Steve Sedlmayr
I didn't have the pleasure of meeting Gary but I can tell by all I've read that he made you happy and I know you will miss him very much. My condolences. ~Raymond (Kelly) Gysler
I'm so very sorry, for the loss of your husband Gary....May you share the many memories you all have together....Sending you God's blessing and love during this loss of your loved one. ~Julia McBride
Dear Marvy, Mark, Lisa, Karen, Shirley, and all of your family, as you celebrate and honor Gary's life, we extend our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathy for your loss. Gary was an inspiration to others. He was uniquely courageous in facing his health challenges, and he set the bar for living a life of dignity, and love of family. May his smile and happy memories comfort you. We will remember Gary always with great affection. Sincerely, Judith West (San Francisco), and Jeanne West Olson, and family (Fargo) ~Judith West
Dear Marvy,Mark, Lisa and your families, Our deepest sympathy and prayers are with you as you go through this difficult time. We have many fond memories of time spent with the Dittmer family over the past 50 years. We have watched our families grow and we have shared the good and the bad times together. God has been there to give strength and endurance, and he will be with you now. He loves you and we do too. God's Love and Blessings to you all. Merle and Betty ~Betty and Merle Schatzke
Dear Marvy, Mark, Lisa and your families, Our very deepest sympathy and prayers are with you at this difficult time. We all loved the wonderful memories we have of time spent with Gary and Marvy over the past 50 plus years. We have watched our children grow, we have shared good and bad times. God has given you strong faith and he will be there to hold you as you mourn the loss of your dear husband, dad and grandpa. He loves you and so do we. God's Love and Blessings, Betty and Merle ~Betty and Merle Schatzke
Dear Marvy, Mark, Lisa and families.....What a dear man...Gary was. Great sense of humor, compassionate, diverting attention from himself, so proud of all of you and so much fun to be around. Hard to imagine being together without Gary. Gary will be remembered for many, many years to come by many, many people. Our heartfelt sympathies to all of you and for ourselves too. We will miss him. Fly high, Gary! We love you~ ~Jerry & Kathy Mehus
Mom just told me the news of Gary's passing. Such wonderful memories I have of your family, & babysitting Mark and Lisa. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time. Paula (Radloff) Glasow ~Paula Glasow
Gary was a loving and humorous man and the best father-in-law a girl could ask for. Rest easy. ~Katrina Dittmer