Charles “Buddy” Dietzman, 76, of Justin died Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, in Dallas.
Buddy was born June 25, 1937, in Justin to Henry and Elvie Splawn Dietzmann. He attended Northwest High School and married Janet Ingram Jan. 26, 1957, in Denton. Buddy worked for Henderson Oil in Justin for several years and then as a machinist for MeadWestvaco in Dallas until his retirement in 2001.
He was a life member of the National Rifle Association and Texas State Rifle Association, and he volunteered for the Justin Volunteer Fire Department. Buddy loved to be with family and friends. He lived outside of Justin until his marriage and then in Justin where he and his wife have lived in the same house for 57 years come January. He loved to sit on the front porch and play his harmonica and drink his famous coffee.
He rode his horse, Ginger, and enjoyed hunting and fishing on Denton creek. Buddy also spent many hours with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He had a contagious smile and a joke to tell everyone. He loved to work in the yard and garden and could fix about everything. He will be dearly missed by all.
Buddy is survived by his wife, Janet Dietzman; brother James and Barbara Dietzmann of Justin; sister Viola and Carl Gierish of Roanoke; brother-in-law Raymond Dickey of Rhome; and daughter Vicky Jo “Jody” Dietzman of Lohn.
He is also survived by his grandchildren, Mandy Buckingham and husband, Brett, Wade Dietzman and wife, Candice, Rob McCarty and wife, Carla, and Ryan Kyla Branaman and her husband, Wes; in-laws Lynda and Willis Hall and David and Betty Sue Ingram; great-grandchildren Taylor, Rhealynn, Danielle and Torry Buckingham, Kason and Korra Dietzman and Asa and Eli McCarty; and nieces and nephews.
Buddy was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Elvie Dietzmann; son Ryan Dietzman; sister Teenie Dickey; and sister-in-law Connie Decker.
Memorial service was Dec. 2 at the First Baptist Church of Justin with Carl E. “Scooter” Gierisch Jr. officiating.
Memorials may be made to the UT Southwestern Oncology Department at UT Southwestern Medical Center Office of Development, Harold C. Simmons Cancer Center, P.0. Box 910888 Dallas, TX 75391.