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Donnie Lee Dietz

February 11, 1938 ~ May 4, 2017 (age 79)

Donnie Lee Dietz, 79, passed away peacefully at Peace Hospice in Great Falls, MT on May 4, 2017, surrounded by loving family and friends. He will be missed by his family and is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 59 years, Shirley Ann Dietz; sons Tim (Laza) of Billings, MT, and Chuck (Wendy) of Lincoln, MT; daughters, Debbie (Dave) Fertterer of Belt, MT, and Marilyn (Steve) Kersch of Sun River, MT; and sisters Elaine (Jim) Hitchcox of Fairview, MN, and Ardith Preble of Helena, MT. He was preceded in death by his daughter Peggy Clark of Lincoln, MT; parents Adelbert and Hazel Dietz of Oakes, ND; and brothers Ernie Dietz of CA and Lynn Dietz of Chandler, AZ.


Donnie Lee Dietz was born on February 11, 1938 in Britton, SD. Donnie Lee Dietz and Shirley Ann Muretta were married June 7, 1958, at Central Christian Church in Great Falls. They made a wonderful life together, and out of this union had five children, 13 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, and also a wonderful extended family of nieces and nephews. Donnie leaves behind a legacy of this family, a family that will miss him.


Donnie worked at Meadow Gold Dairy until 1959, Hamm's Distributing until 1973, and Gusto Distributing until 1989, all prior to his retirement, when he and Shirley moved to Lincoln, MT. This was a move that brought Donnie and Shirley to an area they felt at home and at peace, farming in the Sun River Valley, and loving the outdoors. We all know he was one who loved to dish out a few jokes and a hard time to any visitors, making sure they got a little piece of his mind!

To honor his final request, there will be no service. Donnie has been cremated and his ashes will be spread in the Bob Marshall Wilderness, a special place of his choosing. He's now free from this life and our love goes with him to the next.

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