On June 30, 2019 Frederick Lee Dietelbach went to heaven to meet the Lord and was greeted with open arms as he passed away unexpectedly at his residence. Fred worked in excavating most of his life and eventually owned his own trucking company. Fred was a Navy veteran during Vietnam with an honorable discharge. He loved God, his family, and his country. Fred loved doing many things thru his life, boating, sking, fishing, campfires, and the real joy was watching his son Eric race motocross and race the sprint cars he built. He enjoyed making his daughter’s go to Walmart with him, shooting the breeze at the coffee shop, and making quick witted jokes. Here are a few things you may not know about Fred, he was an inventor, and had patents on his inventions, he once tuned the pipe organs at the New York Radio Music City Hall, made the best homemade noodles, homemade pizza, and most of all his homemade meatballs and sauce. Fred was a kind and moral man. He bought a homeless man a buffet meal one winter day and told him to take his time and warm up. He was a believer in the word of God, read the bible, loved and trusted God, and loved his family too. Fred will be missed by many. He touched the lives of many and was always willing to help those in need.

To my husband Fred, my best friend, protector, my life. What a journey thru life we have had, they said it wouldn’t last, we’ve proved them wrong after 49 years. I wouldn’t change a thing except to have you back with me my love. I am lost, I am broken and can hardly breathe. You are a part of me and I am a part of you. We fell in love at first site and from that day we were never a part. I couldn’t love you more, I love you with everything I am, I know you felt the same, as you told me in your own special way. Now the house is empty, so too is my heart, I’m waiting to hear your voice, I’m waiting for you to walk through the door, the smell of your cologne, or the feel of your hug, I’m empty. I should be rejoicing, I know where you are, holding our boy in your arms, no pain, no worries. I thank God I had you. I know I need to be strong but I can’t without you. Know that I my love has not stopped and never will. I will see you someday because you know I’m a believer too. You better be waiting for me when it is my turn. Just remember how much I love you and our son. Until we are together again, Love always, your wife Deb

To Daddy, We haven’t been with you as long as mommy, but our love for you is strong. You taught us how to be a family even in right and wrong. We know you loved us too as you weren’t afraid to tell us. “I love you more”. Let Eric know we miss him. We are sure heaven’s laughing a little bit more. We will try to take care of mommy and each other like you would want us to. We want you to be proud of us like we are of you. So rest easy until we meet again someday. All our love, M & J

He leaves behind a family that will be lost without him, his wife Debra (Davis) Dietelbach, daughters, Michelle Rihana and Jasmine Nicole; brothers, Mike, Bob, Ray, and Tony; and uncle, Richard Corbin. Fred was preceded in death by the love of his life and son, Eric which he is holding right now; brothers, John, Dick, Dave, and Tim; father, John R. Dietelbach Sr. and mother, Donetta Gill.

The family would like to thank Trinity Baptist Church, Pastor Mike Spann, Hanco EMS, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, and the fireman of Liberty Twp.

At Fred’s request, there will be private services. HUFFORD FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 1500 Manor Hill Rd, Findlay (419-422-1500) has been entrusted with the arrangements. Memorial contributions in Fred’s name may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Hufford Funeral Home

15 thoughts on “Fred L. Dietelbach

  1. Deb and family,
    So very sorry for your loss. Some months ago I ran into Fred at South Side Restaurant. We chatted for a few moments and I left feeling light hearted due to Fred’s way of putting things clearly..

  2. Deb and family,
    We are sooo sorry for your loss.
    Fred was always easy to talk to and full of fun in his own way. He is reunited with his son and we pray for your pain to ease with time.
    Lonnie an Bonnie Ward

  3. Deb,

    I’m very sorry to hear of Fred’s passing. Even though I havent seen him in many many years. He saw me and my family earlier this year and he knew who I was right away. Fred was always a super nice guy to me even way back when Eric and I played baseball together.

    I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

    Andy Martin

  4. We were so saddened to hear of Fred’s passing. We will be praying for you in the difficult days ahead.


    Jack and Pam Pearson

  5. Deb,
    Although we haven’t seen each other for several years, I was so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family

  6. Deb, Michele, and Jasmine
    So sorry for your loss 💔 and know he will be missed. I hope you can hold on to special fond memories to keep him alive in your hearts and thoughts. Love,

    Julia & George Holmes (Fred’s cousin)
    daughter of Uncle Dick & Àunt Millie

  7. Rest in peace Fred, we were cuz, only seen you once in a while, but I know you were a good Man, you will be missed!

  8. What a heartfelt beautiful tribute to your husband Fred. Keeping you and your family in our prayers. Love Ken and Sheila Bess❤️

  9. Debbie-
    My heart is broken for you. I know how much you loved Fred (AND Eric) Lean on the Lord. He is going through this WITH you. I believe God sent your two girls to you, knowing they would someday, help you through this. Fred will always be there in spirit. Your family , on the Davis side, We all love you!

  10. So sorry for your loss. Me and my Church are keeping you all in prayer.

    Isaiah 41:10
    So do not fear, for I am with you;
    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
    I will strengthen you and help you;
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

  11. We’re so sorry for your families loss. Fred was a friend for many years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God give you strength and comfort

    1. Sorry Deb for your loss,
      I know that everyone suffers grief in many ways. There’s no book to explain how to cope with sorrow. But, we do seem to struggle on. Eventually we do find the strength to accept the situation that was handed to us. I for one just prefer to be left to myself, go to my bedroom darken the room and remember all the good times and silly things Fred and I did. Where we went, how and why. I ask myself questions as to why this heartache happened but, never receive the answer. We must all endure the pain and hurt for as long as it stays with us. Only to concede that it will in time slowly subside. We will never forget Freddy, his jokes, laughter and his ability to help others when they would ask or when he knew they needed help. We will always remember the good times. Go ahead and weep. It’s good for the soul. Just remember Fred and Eric are smiling down on you and saying softly, “We Love You” and will meet again. Keep the faith and believe.
      You have to keep your energy and stamina for yourself and the girls. Remember others need you, as well as you need them. Strength and fortitude at this time is important. Fred always admired your ability to stay strong during troublesome times. Fred told me many times when we traveled together around Florida on our bikes that he depended on you, your love, strength and fortitude. He would want you to stay on that path.
      Uncle Dick, Aunt Millie and Crystal

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