John Dietrick II


John A. Dietrick II, 87, of Defiance, passed away on Friday, January 31, 2014, at the Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, Toledo, Ohio.

He was born on February 26, 1926, to John and Gertrude (Conway) Dietrick in Napoleon, Ohio. In 1951, he married Elizabeth Maxy Lynch, who preceded him in death in 1989. In 1993, he married Judith Merz, who survives.

John was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Lion's Club, Elk's Lodge, Rotary International, all of Defiance, and the American Legion, Napoleon Ohio. He was a 1943 Napoleon High School graduate and a 1950 Xavier University graduate. John had worked in accounting for GM before becoming branch manager of the Napoleon First Federal, then becoming corporation president for First Federal of Defiance until his retirement. He was a proud World War II U.S. Army veteran, serving with the 63rd Infantry Division Blood and Fire in Germany. John was a former member of the Defiance College board of directors.

John is survived by his loving wife, Judith Dietrick of Defiance; three daughters, Christine (Phillip) Lewallen of Bonita Springs, Fla., Mary Pat (Kevin) Schultz of Cleveland, Ohio, Peggy Beth Towns of Fort Wayne, Ind.; two sons, John A. (Debbie) Dietrick III of Tampa, Fla., Luke E. (Michelle) Dietrick of Fort Wayne, Ind.; 10 grandchildren, Matthew Lewallen, Amy Lewallen, Mary Beth Dietrick, David Dietrick, Beck Schultz, Keri Schultz, Virgil Towns II, Arial Towns, Charlie Dietrick and Samantha Dietrick; and one great-granddaughter, Layne Lewallen.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John A. and Gertrude Dietrick; first wife, Elizabeth Maxy Dietrick; and a sister, Mary Ann Funchion.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, February 5, 2014, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Schaffer Funeral Home, Inc., Defiance, Ohio, with a vigil service being held at 2 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 6, 2014, at 11 a.m. in St. Mary's Catholic Church, Defiance, Ohio, with Father Randy Giesige officiating. Entombment will take place in Riverview Memory Gardens mausoleum.

Memorials may be given to the Home Away From Home at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, Toledo, Ohio. Online condolences may be left at

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  • I worked for John many years ago.  He was a great boss, mentor, and friend.  I loved his sense of humor and his kindness.  He will be missed!

    Suzi (Glore) Yahney

  • What a great man and friend!  So many memories. Sincere condolences from my family and my mother, Marjy.  

    All the best,

    Dave Snyder