Robert G. "Bob" Dietz

May 29, 1926 ~ February 20, 2019 (age 92)

Robert “Bob” Gus Dietz, 92, of the Davenport Lutheran Home, left us on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 to be with his beloved Sadie.

Graveside services will be held at 12:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at Rock Island National Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at McGinnis-Chambers Funeral Home in Bettendorf.  

Bob was born May 29, 1926 in Walcott, Iowa, the son of Phillip & Frances (Broders) Dietz.  During World War II, he was stationed in France and Germany.  He enjoyed his Army life, serving as a MP and fuel truck driver through Germany.

On May 26, 1944, he was united in marriage to Sadie Myrtle Burroughs in Muscatine, Iowa and they enjoyed 66 years together.  She preceded his in death on September 14, 2010. 

Bob retired from the United States Post Office in 1981 after 30 years of service.  He had received many citations for outstanding dedication.  He served with the post offices of Detroit, Clinton, Iowa and Davenport.  Many former postal patrons remember him as as a caring and friendly mail carrier and had kept in touch with him long after his retirement.

Being always the provider, he had several jobs after retirement, before settling into Bob Ironman Metal Recycling.  He had traveled throughout the area collecting scrap metal, delivering to salvage yards and making life-long friends along the way.

As a resident of the Davenport Lutheran Home, he enjoyed bingo, painting, puzzles and nature films.  He also loved visiting the casinos and flipping quarters with his son and grandkids.  He was fondly loved by the staff and residents and especially loved playing Santa at the annual Christmas dinners.  He was baptized while at the Lutheran Home and talked candidly about his relationship with the Lord.

Those left to honor Bob’s memory include his sons, Robert (Connie) Dietz of Orion, Illinois and Fred (Cathy) Dietz of Davenport; six grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; his sister, Faye (Lou) Brammeier; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife, Sadie, Bob was preceded in death by his parents; and his brothers, Darrel and Conrad.

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