Laveryl G. Dittmer, 74, of Strawberry Township, Washington County, Linn, KS, died Tuesday, June 26, 2012, at the Linn Nursing Home, Linn. A funeral service was at 10:00 a.m., Friday, June 29 at Immanuel Lutheran Church west of Linn. Rev Richard Rikli officiated. Susan Moore played the organ while the congregation sang “The Strife is O’er, the Battle Done”, “Behold a Host, Arrayed in White”, and “Jesus, Still Lead On.” The pallbearers were Steve Dittmer, Kent Dittmer, Danny Pfaff, James Dittmer, Shawn Dittmer and Dean Dittmer. The honorary pallbearers were grandsons, Thaddeus, Thatcher, Braden, and Brennen (Damman) – Ryan and Cole (Meyer) – Lucas Dittmer – Alex Scheele; granddaughters, Kaysee, Krystal, Kandice, Kaitlyn, Keri, and Kelsee (Dittmer) – Helena Hagedorn, - Emily Meyer, - Brianna Dittmer, - Anna Scheele. Burial was in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery. Laveryl was born August 14, 1937 the son of George and Helena (Wiechman) Dittmer of Strawberry Township, Washington County Linn, KS. He was baptized August 27, 1937 at Immanuel Lutheran Church Linn, KS by Rev. Paul Stolp and confirmed March 18, 1951 in the Lutheran faith by Rev. Paul Stolp, the faith in which he remained faithful to his end. School attended included Immanuel Lutheran School for all 8 years. Laveryl enlisted in the National Guard. He served 8 years and was honorably discharged in January 1963. He returned to the family farm where he lived almost his entire life. On December 2, 1962 he was united in marriage to Mavis Holle at Immanuel Lutheran Church Bremen Kansas by Rev. John D. Kovac. The marriage was blessed with three daughters: Monica, Doris, Dayna and two sons: Larry and Bruce. Laveryl was a lifetime active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church where he held several offices including: elder, school board, and trustee. He was also a member of the Wholmoor American Legion Post #237. He was a farmer and stockman and worked for Bayer Construction Manhattan Kansas for 20 years as a driller and blaster. Laveryl enjoyed attending cattle sales at Belleville, Washington, Marysville, Fairbury, and many others in multiple counties and states. He was well known by the sale barn crowd and never forgot a name of the many acquaintances. There was never a stranger where Laveryl went; he would always find a familiar face. He enjoyed visiting at the local coffee shops, especially the Cougar’s Den in Morrowville, Kansas. Laveryl enjoyed his grandchildren, especially giving rides on the little Ford Tractor. Laveryl spent his spare time being a lifetime scavenger of metal; welding his finds into pieces of equipment to use on his farm. Laveryl also liked to take off on road trips and each journey was an adventure of its own. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Dale and Norman Dittmer; three nephews; and brother-in-law, Lloyd Rohe. Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Mavis; daughters, Monica (Troy) Damman, Silver Lake, Doris (Dan) Meyer, Hanover, Dayna (Greg) Scheele, Bremen; sons, Larry (Amy) Dittmer, Marysville, Bruce (Marianne) Dittmer, Nashville; sister, Arleta Rohe; eighteen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. A memorial fund has been established to Immanuel Lutheran Church. Contributions may be sent in care of Ward Funeral Home, P.O. Box 157, Washington, Kansas 66968.
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