Carl Richard Ditsch, 86 of Leavenworth passed away December 19, 2012 at Golden Living Center in Lansing. He was born February 5, 1926 in Flint Michigan to Carl and Gertrude (Makkanen) Ditsch.
Carl attended schools in Indiana, Missouri, and Kansas. He entered the US Navy in 1944 serving aboard the USS Audubon APA-149 in the Pacific and participating in the invasion of Okinawa. After World War II he continued his Naval Career and retired in 1965 as a Chief Petty Officer. Upon retirement from the US Navy he entered Federal Service. In 1988 he retired from USACC at Fort Leavenworth KS with over 40 years of Federal Service.
He was a member of several organizations including the Fleet Reserve Association, National Rifle Association, National Trappers Association, VFW and The American Legion. He was a lifelong hunter, fishman, trapper and outdoorsman. Carl enjoyed coin and stamp collecting. He was a Hamm radio operator using the call sign WOVFE. He made contacts around the world. Carl owned D & D Furs and Lures where he trapped furs and tied fishing lures which he sold commercially.
Carl married Carol J. Meeker in February 1947. She passed away in July 2000. He was also preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Harold Dietsch. He survived by five children, Dennis T. Ditsch of Shawnee KS, Caryla J. Clifford (Steve) of Lansing, Hazel L. Brown (Tim), Dixie L. Anaya, Dale R. Ditsch, all of Leavenworth. He has nine grandchildren, nineteen great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.
In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation or Crossroads Hospice of Kansas
Visitation will be 6 to 8 pm on Friday December 21, 2012, at the Davis Funeral Chapel in Leavenworth KS. Memorial service will be on Saturday at 10:30 am at Davis Funeral Chapel then interment at High Prairie Cemetery with full military honors.