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Donald E. Ditzler

May 4, 1926 -
November 8, 2020

Donald E. Ditzler of Savoy, IL, beloved husband, father, brother and “Papa,” passed away of congestive heart failure at Carle Hospital on November 8, 2020. Don was born in Oconee, IL on May 4, 1926 to Ervin and Ruth (Nalley) Ditzler. On May 1, 1949, he married Virginia Ann Hardy, and together they …read more

Donald E. Ditzler of Savoy, IL, beloved husband, father, brother and “Papa,” passed away of congestive heart failure at Carle Hospital on November 8, 2020. Don was born in Oconee, IL on May 4, 1926 to Ervin and Ruth (Nalley) Ditzler. On May 1, 1949, he married Virginia Ann Hardy, and together they raised three children. Douglas, Denise, and Diane.  Don served in the US Army for 43 years, serving in both World War II and the Korean War.  He also worked as a machinist at the University of Illinois.  Don loved telling jokes, serving his church, and collecting “treasures” that might not have seemed valuable to anyone else. He had a way of seeing the story in anything. He is predeceased by his wife Virginia of 70 years, and his sister Betty. He is survived by 3 children Douglas Ditzler (Florida), Denise Bender (Mike – Denver, Colorado) and Diane Ditzler (Savoy, Illinois); 5 grandchildren, Aerin Bender, Katie (Michael) Seiffertt, Nicholas Bender (Sarah Corcoran), Tristan Bender (Rachel) , Jason Ditzler; and 10 great-grandchildren – Oscar, Lily, Harriet, Elise, Naomi, Charlie, Finley, Aurora, Cadence, and Jasper, and by his sister Judy (Rev. Bill) Webb and his brother Floyd Ditzler.  Memorial donations may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 738 W. Bridge St, Monticello, IL 61856.

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