Dennis L. Deiter, 64, died on Aug. 11 at St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center.
He was born in Grand Junction, Colo., on Nov. 6, 1947, to Edwin James and Pearline Ann (Nichols) Deiter. He attended grade school in Colorado and Burns, graduating from Burns High School in 1965.
After graduation, he joined the Navy for two years and continued his military career with the National Guard. He joined the Army in 1969, serving three tours in Vietnam as a tracker dog handler. He returned home and rejoined the National Guard, retiring in 1992.
On Aug. 18, 1972, he married Novell and had two sons. Upon returning home from the Army he went to work for Edward Hines Lumber Company, working there for eight years. He attended schools in Klamath Falls and Eugene, working toward a degree in diesel mechanics. He worked for Harney County Farm Supply before going to work for Tecton Laminates in 1987, then Louisiana Pacific Corporation until his retirement in 2007.
He loved to spend time with his sons and grandchildren hunting, fishing and camping every chance he got.
He loved to attend all sporting events that his sons and grandchildren participated in.
He was an active member of the American Legion Post #63, and since 2007, he enjoyed driving for the VA Clinic taking local veterans to Boise for doctor appointments.
Dennis is survived by his wife of 40 years, Novell; sons, Chris and wife Windi of John Day and Nick and wife Bonnie of Fortuna, Calif.; sisters, Vivian and husband Brent Drury and Lana and husband Robert Barber; grandchildren, Rachelle, Kyler, Zack, Cole, Kylynn, Brandin and Taylor; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin and Pearl Deiter; brothers, Eugene, Ron and James; and sister, Karen.
Funeral services were held on Friday, Aug. 17, at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church with military honors. Donations in Dennis Deiter’s memory may be made to the American Legion Post #63 or the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, PO Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.
www.lafolletteschapel.com to send condolences to the family by signing the guest book. LaFollette’s Chapel was in charge of funeral arrangements.