James Lawrence Dittman October 28, 1925 – July 22, 2011

    James Lawrence Dittman, 85, of Cheyenne, Wyoming, died Friday, July 22, 2011 at Davis Hospice Center.  He was born October 28, 1925 in Lake Township, Wood county, Toledo, Ohio. He had lived in Cheyenne for 26 years with prior residence in Wright, Wyoming for seven years.
    Mr. Dittman was a lay minister for the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod and served many different churches throughout the country to include Trinity Lutheran Church in Elmore, Ohio, the Lutheran Church in Wright, Wyoming and Trinity Lutheran Church in Cheyenne.  He also work as a truck driver for Red Star, was an appliance repairman for Westinghouse and drove a bus for the City of Cheyenne Transit System.
    His first job was being a farmer.  He was given the American Farmer Degree from the Future Farmers of America at the national convention in Kansas City, Missouri in about 1946.
    Mr. Dittman was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and AARP.
    Mr. Dittman is survived by his wife, Donna Marie Dittman of Cheyenne, whom he married October 12, 1946 in Elmore, Ohio; one son and daughter-in-law, William George Dittman  (Carol) of Killdeer, North Dakota; one daughter and son-in-law, Diane Kay Dittman Conn (Dale) of Mount Ayr, Iowa; one sister, Suzanne Buhro of Graytown, Ohio; four grandchildren, Angela Marie Clarke (Kevin), Tammy Ann McLaughlin (Wilson), Sandy Marie Enney and Jason Matthew Conn and seven great-grandchildren, Avery Michael Conn, Justin Matthew Clarke, Ivy Marie Enney, Ethan Zane Enney, Ashton Air Conn and Isabella Ann McLaughlin.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, Maurice Austin and Anna Bertha Dittman; one great-granddaughter, Rosalyn Marie Clarke; a nephew, Ronald Buhro, and two brothers-in-law, Ralph Buhro and Loren Hasselkus.
    Funeral services were held on Monday, July 25, 2011 at Trinity Lutheran Church with the Reverends Richard Boche and David Hinton co-officiating.
    Interment was in the Cheyenne Memorial Gardens.
    Pallbearers were Jason Conn, John Bruner, John Knol and Jim Buhro. Honorary pallbearers were Kevin Clarke and Wilson McLaughlin.
    Friends who wish to may contribute to Trinity Lutheran Church in Cheyenne or Elmore, Ohio.

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