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Norbert Ditterick Sr.

July 24, 1920-Oct. 13, 2009

Norbert "Norb" Ditterick, Sr., 89, of Detroit Lakes, a loving husband, father, grandpa, brother and friend, went home to the Lord Tuesday, October 13, 2009 at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, with a Prayer Service from 6 to 7 p.m., at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes, and continuing one hour prior to the mass at the church on Friday.

A mass of Christian burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 16 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, with Msgr. Tim McGee officiating. Interment will be in St. Henry's Cemetery, Perham.

Norb was born to Frank and Helena (Dietlein) Ditterick on July 24, 1920 in Perham, and graduated from Perham High School. In 1941 Norb married Lucille Scheidecker and lived in Perham until 1959, when they moved to Detroit Lakes. In 1943 Norb was drafted into the Army and served until the end of World War II.

After the war Norb went to work for a local company, Wilcox Lumber, and managed five lumberyards and then became the district manager of their 18 lumberyards. Wilcox Lumber was later sold to Peavey Lumber Company, and Norb retired in 1983.

Norb had a few hobbies. He enjoyed reading, playing cards, fishing, traveling and automobiles; his favorite autos were the General Motors vehicles.

Surviving Norb are one son, Norbert (Rose) Ditterick of Lake Park; four daughters, Patricia Decowski of Blaine, Minn., Judith (Pat) Schmidt of Sioux Falls, S.D., Jan (Mark) Ditterick-Gerdes of Detroit Lakes and Cynthia (Steve) Kinnunen of Detroit Lakes; 11 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren; and daughter-in-law, Linda Ditterick of Detroit Lakes.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his loving wife, Lucille; and son, John.

The David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes is serving the family. Memories of Norb may be shared online at