Herbert D. Ditzler
August 4, 1929 – October 5, 2023
Herbert Ditzler recently passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. He was 94 years old.
He was born in Kansas City, Missouri, to Charles and Elizabeth Ditzler. Following the early and unexpected death of his mother, his father was remarried to Imogene Peek who continued to raise the family of three young boys. He was preceded in death by his two brothers, Jack and Charles, Jr.
He is survived by the love of his life Virginia who he was married to for 73 years, his two sons Michael (wife Brenda), Steven (wife Nancy), two grandsons Scott (fiancé Bri), Ryan (wife Lexi), and four great-grandchildren, Matthew, Aiden, Ellie, Andrea.
He is a veteran of the US Marine Corp. Following his military service, he earned a B.A. in Economics from UMKC. His professional career included general business and sales roles in the Kansas City area at General Motors Corporation, Bendix Corporation, George K. Baum & Co., Uarco, Inc., Control Data Corporation, Trans World Airlines, and Control Business Forms.
His life of retirement with Virginia was full of activities. Many hours were spent outdoors creating and maintaining beautiful garden areas at home. Enjoyment of nature was part of every day, watching and studying birds who frequented their multiple bird feeders outside their window. Music, classical and jazz as favorites, was always enjoyed both at home and at public performances. He rarely missed watching the KC Royals. And was always a true fan of the KC Chiefs. As previous members of the now non-existent elite Kansas City Chiefs Wolfpack, he and Virginia taunted John Madden on the sidelines by throwing snowballs at him. During the quieter downtimes, he could spend hours reading works of favorite authors whose subjects ranged from biographies, history, mystery, and espionage. Family was always a priority with gatherings celebrating birthdays, holidays, or any other excuses to get together for family meals which were always prepared jointly by him and Virginia. His life was filled with love – by others, and for others.