Leonard K. Dietrich, age 89 of Williamsburg, Iowa, formerly of Ladora, died Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at Mercy Hospital, Iowa City. Funeral Service: 10:00 A.M. Saturday, May 23, 2015, Trinity United Church of Christ, rural Marengo, with Pastor Tim Miller officiating. Burial will be in Zion Cemetery, rural Ladora. Visitation hours are from 4 to 7 P.M. Friday, May 22, 2015 at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. Memorials may be contributed to the Iowa City Hospice.
Leonard will be deeply missed by his wife of 68 years, Thelma; three daughters, Lonnett Dietrich Blakley (Frank) of Riverside, Ica Shaull (Kenneth) of North Liberty, and Ellen Stevenson (Kurt) of Tiffin; two grandchildren, Nathan Shaull (Katie) of Bertram, and Matthew Shaull (Kimberly) of Hiawatha; and a great-grandchild Keagan Shaull. He is also survived by a brother Donald Dietrich of Marengo, and many additional family and friends. Leonard was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Richard and Gary, and a sister Margery Stockstell. He will be missed, and was a blessing to all who knew him.
Leonard Kenneth Dietrich was born July 14, 1925 on the family farm in Lincoln Township, Iowa County, Iowa. He was the son of Edward August Albert Dietrich and Mary Orpha Calvert Dietrich. Leonard received his education in the Iowa County schools and served for a time in the U.S. Army Air Force. Leonard was united in marriage to Thelma Marie Punke on September 10, 1946 in rural Marengo. The couple took over the task of running the family farm in Lincoln Township, which they worked for 60 years. Leonard became an award-winning sales associate with Archer Oil for several years. He had a great talent for creating tools and other items which filled a wide variety of needs on the farm. In 2006, Leonard and Thelma retired from the farm and moved to Williamsburg. Leonard was a lifetime member of Trinity United Church of Christ.
The truest philosophy of Leonard and Thelma and their family can be found on a large wooden plaque made by a family friend: “There are no strangers here…Only friends we haven’t met.”