Obituary – Paul Dewayne Dittman

NORFOLK — Paul Dewayne Dittman, 90, Norfolk, formerly of Randolph, died July 19, 2017, at the Norfolk Veterans Home, Norfolk.
Visitation was July 21 at Johnson Funeral Home, Randolph.
Funeral services were July 22 at United Methodist Church, Randolph, with Rev. Judy Carlson officiating.
Interment, with military rites by Alvin Kessler V.F.W. Post #5545 and American Legion Post #113, Randolph, was in the Randolph city cemetery.
Pallbearers were Darin Dittman, Derek Dittman, Mert Toelle, Gary Schulz, Don Backer and Neil Lackas.
Paul was born May 31, 1927, near Randolph, to Paul and Elizabeth (Lackas) Dittman. He attended Randolph High School and after high school, he worked for Sherwood’s Meat Locker, Randolph, as a meat cutter. He joined the United States Navy May 17, 1945, as a Seaman First Class, He attended boot camp in Chicago, Ill., and was honorably discharged June 1, 1946. He returned to Randolph working again for Sherwood Meat Locker. Paul married Ruth Marie Schulz-Lodge August 5, 1951, at Norfolk, the couple made their home in Randolph. In 1954 Paul began driving routes for Roman’s Packing of Norfolk and then at Nebraskaland Beef working as a sales representative. In 1968, he purchased Sherwood Meat Locker and operated as Dittman’s Meat Market until 1979 when he sold the business to Mert Toelle. He continued working part time as a Federal Meat Inspector in northeast Nebraska.
He was a member of United Methodist Church, Randolph and Randolph Community Club. He was a Master Mason at Plainview Lodge #204 A.F. & A.M; a member of Sesostris Shrine, Lincoln; Shriners International, Roca; and a life member of Alvin Kessler V.F.W. Post #5545 and American Legion Post #113 of Randolph; and Knights of Columbus in Norfolk. Paul was honored to fly with fellow Veterans to Washington, D.C., on the Nebraska Freedom Flight.
Paul is survived by two children, Don Dittman, Fremont, and Deanna Dittman, Wayne; three grandchildren, Derek and Jessica Dittman, Hickman; and Darin Dittman, Scottsdale, Ariz.; and Kayla and Jeremy Reed, Hoskins; and five great-grandchildren, Brynlee and Emma Dittman, Hickman; and Dominic, Caden and Maya Reed, Hoskins.
Preceding Paul in death are his parents; his wife, Ruth, in 2003; and two sisters, LaVern Reed and Arlene Most.