Delbert A. Dietrich, 84, Ellis, died Tuesday Dec 17, 2019, at Hays Medical Center. 

He was born Aug, 14, 1935, northwest of Ellis.  He attended the Adair School in Trego County and later Ellis High School.

He was a lifelong farmer who had also been a carpenter, a technician, a machinist who developed a passion for lapidary work,  a welder, an oilman and the list goes on. He was a very educated man well beyond his formal schooling years due to his passion for reading and love of Kansas history, Native American history and the Old West. 

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Ellis Baptist Church. A memorial service at the church followed by an inurnment in Mount Hope Cemetery will be held in January 2020 and an updated obituary will be provided with those dates and times.

Memorials are suggested to the Humane Society of the High Plains.

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