Kenneth M. Dietz Jr., 80

PHOENIX, NY – Kenneth  M. Dietz Jr., 80, of Smokey Hollow Road, Baldwinsville, passed away on Thursday June 27, 2013.

He was born in Baldwinsville to his late parents, Harriet Josephine Orr Dietz and Kenneth M. Dietz Sr., on October 2, 1932.

Kenneth  M. Dietz Jr
Kenneth M. Dietz Jr

He was a graduate of Baldwinsville Academy High School, class of 1949.

He attended Simmons School of Mortuary Science for one year.

Ken was a truck driver for Mobil Oil Co., Syracuse.

He was an avid birdwatcher and an auto mechanic for friends and neighbors, always giving a helping hand to others.

He was a member of Phoenix United Methodist Church, serving in various positions, as well as the Men’s Club and its Saturday chicken barbecues.

He was predeceased by his son, Kenneth P. Dietz, on September 19, 1981; and his grandson, Joshua Dietz.

Surviving are is loving wife of 57 years, Jill A. Sherlitz Dietz; his children: John C. Dietz of Charlotte, NC, Katherine R. and her husband, Bruce F. Coville, of Syracuse and David J. and his wife, Lisa M. Dietz of Phoenix, NY; a  daughter-in-law, Nancy E. Dietz of Myrtle Beach, SC; nine grandchildren, Eric and Alex Dietz, Orion, Cara and Adam Coville, Jared, Landon, Nathan and Bradley Dietz; two sisters, Barbara Johnson of Baldwinsville and Nila Wilson of Kingston, Ontario Canada; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Calling hours will be held on Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix.

Services will by on Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the Phoenix United Methodist Church, 49 Jefferson St., Phoenix, with the Rev. Marion Moore-Calgan officiating.

Burial in Phoenix Rural Cemetery, 126 Chestnut St.

Contributions to: Phoenix United Methodist Church.