In loving memory of

Charles Leland "Charlie" Dietz
October 29, 1936 - July 8, 2022

Charles L. "Charlie" Dietz, 85, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Friday morning, July 8, 2022, at MercyOne Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

A celebration of his life will be held at 11 A.M., TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2022, at First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the funeral from 9:30 to 11 A.M. at the church. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, with military honors.

Charles Leland Dietz was born on October 29, 1936 in Elwood, Iowa, to Roland Leland and Katherine (Longschwager) Dietz. He was a 1954 graduate of Elwood High School and attended Iowa State Teacher's College in Cedar Falls for two years. He was drafted into the Army in 1955 and served his country receiving an honorable discharge in 1957. He continued in the US Army Reserves until 1959. He married Donna Jean Ferguson on March 20, 1958. To this union two children were born, Craig and Cory. Donna preceded him in death, and he later married Margo Thompson on February 9, 1967. Margo preceded him in death, and he later married Karis Ketelsen Kozak on May 22, 1977.

Upon receiving an honorable discharge, Charlie returned home to Iowa and first worked as a cook at his grandparent's diner in Clinton. He then worked for his father at Dietz Processing Plant in Elwood, Iowa until he took a job with Servisoft in Maquoketa. In 1964 while still working at Servisoft, he began his next career, Dietz Painting and Drywall, mainly working nights and weekends. Eventually, this would become his full-time job. He retired in May of 2015.

Charlie was a member of First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. He was generous with his time, talent and resources. Some of the additional organizations that benefited from his involvement were Maquoketa Optimist Club where he served as a past Governor of Iowa in 1977, Maquoketa Volunteer Fire Department where he served as the rural Fire Chief for several years, Sunshine Daycare and Preschool Board of Directors, and the Mount Hope Cemetery Association Board of Directors where he had served as the president for over 50 years.

Charlie enjoyed golfing, bowling, fishing, playing Euchre, and was an avid fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes, Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Karis Dietz of Maquoketa, IA; children, Craig (Scarlet) Dietz of Maquoketa, IA, Cory (Cheryl) Dietz of Colorado Springs, CO, and Anne Kozak of Claremore, OK; 4 granddaughters, Danielle (Jake) Riley, Elena Dietz, Morgan Dietz, and Clarissa Dietz; and siblings, Kathy Carstens of Wyoming, IA and Allan (Naomi) Dietz of Davenport, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Donna, second wife Margo, a daughter Jane Kozak Breitsprecker, and a grandson Brogan Craig Dietz.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to the Maquoketa Optimist Club, Mount Hope Cemetery Association, or the Maquoketa Fire Departments.

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Adrian and Bonnie Browne wrote on Jul 18, 2022:

"So sorry to hear of Charlie's passing. Adrian worked on a lot of construction job sites with him and always enjoyed visiting with him. He will be missed."

Judy Bowling wrote on Jul 18, 2022:

"My sincere condolences to all of Charlie's family, he will be missed."

Angel Schiffer wrote on Jul 13, 2022:

"My deepest sympathy for all of the family. "

Gary Grote wrote on Jul 12, 2022:

"Karis - we had fun times with Charlie at district Optimist meetings, even before we moved to Maquoketa. When we moved there, the only ones we knew in Maquoketa were Charlie and Jake Bickford. We know he had a great life and helped so many people. Gary & Carol Grote Marshall, MO"

John Stein wrote on Jul 12, 2022:

"Karis, I'm very sorry for your loss. You have my sincerest sympathy. John Stein"

Marianne Whitesell Fecker wrote on Jul 12, 2022:

"So sorry for your loss.. grateful I had him so many years coming in as a ? coffee guy ? he made coming to work something to look forward to ??"

The Bell Family wrote on Jul 11, 2022:

"We are all so sorry to hear of your loss. God Bless you all during this time. May you find peace, comfort and happiness in your family memories! The Bell Family in Dubuque "

Carl and Susan Devine Keeney wrote on Jul 11, 2022:

"I wonder how many people will say Charlie Dietz painted my house but I bet there were many. When we bought our?new house? at 206 S Prospect, Mr Dietz painted the entire inside of our new home before we moved in and he let the older kids watch. I was 10 in 1961 and he was always smiling , cheerful and I believe a whistler as my Dad Bob Devine was and our across the street neighbor Mr Sino, the mailman was. Mr Dietz has earned his right in the kingdom and always in our memories and hearts. "

Janet House Burnett wrote on Jul 11, 2022:

"So very sorry for your loss, prayers for your family. "

Tom and LuAnne Yearwood wrote on Jul 11, 2022:

"Thoughts and prayers to Craig, Cory, and the rest of the family. Charlie will be missed by many!"

Darrel and Sharon Rettig wrote on Jul 11, 2022:

"Charlie was a great and caring friend and did much for his community and he was a faithful member of First Lutheran. Our sympathy to all "

Sue & Mike Van Buer wrote on Jul 11, 2022:

"Our sincere sympathy to all."

Elizabeth Lind wrote on Jul 11, 2022:

"Loved Charlie such a good man. He taught my ex to paint they worked together. Thoughts and prayers for family and friends ?????"

Ken Davison wrote on Jul 11, 2022:

"My sympathy to the Dietz family. Charlie was one of the good ones. He was always quick to congratulate kids on their success and always met you with a smile. "

Patsy beidler wrote on Jul 11, 2022:

"Sorry,to the family "

Gayla Earles wrote on Jul 11, 2022:

"My sympathies to Charlie?s family. I am sorry for your loss."