Curtis Ray Dittmer

Friday, April 12, 2019

Curtis Ray Dittmer, 56, of Brazito, passed away Thursday, April 11, 2019, at his residence.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 15, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Honey Creek, with the Reverend Dr. Rick Foss officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at Dulle-Trimble Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to Capital Projects or to Immanuel Lutheran School. Those wishing to send condolences to the family may do so at www.dulletrimble.com.

Born Oct. 1, 1962, in Sweet Springs, he was the son of Marvin and Arleen (Stuenkel) Dittmer. He was a 1981 graduate of Concordia High School and attended one year at the University of Missouri. He was united in marriage on March 8, 2003, in Eureka Springs, Ark., to Ruth Marie Schaefer, who survives at the home.

Curt joined the United States Army on Feb. 21, 1985. Following basic training, he was stationed in Germany for three years, and completed his initial enlistment in Virginia for one year. On Sept. 21, 1989, he enlisted in the Missouri National Guard, where he continued to serve with the Senior Automated Logistics NCO with the Missouri Training Site command. Curt was deployed to Iraq on Sept. 19, 2005, and returned home on July 23, 2006. He was awarded two Meritorious Service Medals, six Army Accommodation Medals, 13 Army Achievements, two Army Good Conduct Medals, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, and the Iraqi Campaign Medal. He also worked as an Equipment Specialist in the Surface Maintenance Managers office at the Ike Skelton Training site. After 34 years of service, Curt retired on Feb. 1, 2019.

He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Honey Creek, a former member of the Elks Lodge, and participated in a dart league.

Anyone that knew Curt, knew his love for life. Spring was for getting the garden planted and each year it seemed to get bigger. Summer was spent at their place on the Osage River. He loved nothing more than to take the boat out, meet up with friends and family and have a few beers, and always grilling up some steaks for dinner. In the fall, Curt enjoyed deer hunting and then Curt and Ruth spent a day each year making deer sausage and sticks. Winter was vacation time, which was always spent in some warm country or on a cruise. He was always up for a game of pitch and he never liked to lose. His love for his family was everything to him. He was so excited about becoming a grandpa that he even stopped smoking. And his smile would light up a room.

Survivors include his wife Ruth Dittmer, of Brazito; his parents, Marvin and Arleen Dittmer of Concordia; two sons, Curtis Lee (Lisa) Dittmer of Jefferson City and Bobby Ray Dittmer of Brumley; two step-children, Jennifer Reed of Columbia and Scott (Amy) Reed of Eldon; two grandchildren, Kaidence Dittmer and Lucas Dittmer; one step-grandchild, Logan Meyer; and two siblings, Jim (Pam) Dittmer of Lee’s Summit; and Paulette (Dan) Petersen of Fredericksburg, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents.