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

He was born Aug. 14, 1935, to Arthur and Martha (May) Dietrich.  He attended Adair country school in Trego County and Ellis High School.

He married Rosalie Schuster on Feb. 7, 1955. He later married Pamela Marcotte Grauerholz on July 10,1987.  He lived most of his life on the family farm northwest of Ellis. In addition to farming he was a carpenter, repairman, welder and oilman. 

He had many interests including Kansas and Native American history, woodworking, lapidary work and birdwatching.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his son and his grandsons and was passionate about conservation, wildlife, his cattle and his dogs. 

He attended Ellis Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Pam, Ellis; his children, Debbie Fisher and husband, George, Derby, Fred Dietrich and wife, Michelle, Wamego, Lynda Spurgeon and husband, Edward, Harlem, Ga., Laura Riedel, Wichita, Carl Grauerholz and wife, Alisa, Ellis, Bella Dietrich, Ellsworth, and Lynn Dietrich, Hays; a sister, Marlene Neuburger, Manor, Texas; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and his faithful canine companions, Lucy and Pette.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a son-in-law, Troy Riedel.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Ellis Baptist Church, Ellis; inurnment in Mount Hope Cemetery.

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