Richard (Dick) E. Dittmar, 85, passed away peacefully Wednesday, March 6th at Ohio State Medical Center surrounded by his loving family following a lengthy illness.
Dick was born in Niles, Ohio on January 26, 1928 to Fred J. and Alene (Tarr) Dittmar. He graduated from Niles McKinley High School and attended the Ohio State University before a one year call in the Army. He then returned to the Ohio State University School of Architecture to complete his degree. He met his wife his wife of over 60 years, Joyce (Seif) Dittmar on “Friday the 13th and were later married on “Friday the 13th” of June 1952. They moved to Cleveland where he worked for two different Architectural firms prior to moving to Zanesville to begin his own firm in 1956. He built his business by developing personal relationships and when asked about his jobs, especially the first ones, he would tell you he designed the Times Recorder building because Bill Littick was his friend and his job designing the Salvation Army building was because of his friend Maurice Vinsel. He was fiercely loyal and supported his clients’ businesses often. After designing Hall’s Brown Cow for Edgar and Florence Hall he dined there and upon completion of the Adornetto’s Pizzeria he was a frequent dining guest there, as well.
Overall his designs included 26 banks, five vocational schools, the gyms at the old Grover Cleveland, old Roosevelt and the old Winland gymnasium. The most well known of his designs would be the “Tecumseh!” Outdoor Drama amphitheater. He and Bill Stubbs were partners in the firm Dittmar and Stubbs for many years.
His loyalty ran deep into his favorite past time of watching sports and held season tickets for 50+ year at the OSU football and the mens & womens basketball games where he was a member of the OSU Rebounders & Fastbreakers clubs, as well as the ZHS basketball and football games for many seasons. He was a regular attendee at the ZHS Tip Off and Quarterback Clubs, as was a charter member of the Ohio State University Muskingum County Alumni Association. He is a life member of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity.
Beyond sports he was a strong and active supporter of the Salvation Army having served as the president of their advisory board for many years & even received the “Others” award for his service, Kiwanis and Jaycees and a long time member of First Christian Church. Dick enjoyed playing & watching golf & had even attended several Masters Golf Tournaments.
Dick’s family was his greatest joy. In addition to his wife Joyce he is survived by three daughters, Taffy (Terry) Tippett and Caprice Dittmar of Zanesville, Holli (Steve) Berry of Dublin and son Rand (Diane) Dittmar of Upper Arlington. His grandchildren include Tracy (Sarah Meyer) Bennett of Westerville, Andy (Lisa) Bennett of Zanesville and Blake and Boston Berry of Dublin and step-granddaughter Lisa Windland of Canal Winchester. He had two great grandchildren, Tavin and Jules Bennett of Zanesville and four step-great grandchildren Cody Brown of Zanesville, and Noah, Zachary and Sklya Windland of Canal Winchester.
Friends may call at Bryan & Snider Funeral Home, 2318 Maple Ave. on Friday, March 8th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm & 6:00pm to 8:00 PM with the funeral services held at 1:00pm Saturday March 9th at First Christian Church, 3000 Dresden Rd. with Rev. Dawn L. Remster officiating. Burial with military honors will conclude at the Zanesville Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the First Christian Church, Salvation Army or the Muskingum County OSU Alumni Club in Dick’s memory.
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