Gary M. Dietz, 78, of Conyngham, passed away Saturday, January 4, 2020, following a lengthy illness at Mountaintop Senior Care, where he was a resident for the past 15 months. He died peacefully surrounded by his loving family and the caring staff.
Born March 16, 1941 at the Nesbitt Hospital in Kingston, PA, he was the son of the late Job and Ellen (Kunkle) Dietz.
Gary was a Westmoreland High school graduate where he played and lettered in Varsity Basketball and Baseball. He graduated from Bloomsburg State Teachers College and then went on to join the United States Army. While in the army he completed Officer Candidate School in Fort Benning GA, and served his country in Vietnam where he attained the rank of Captain. He was a decorated and very proud Veteran and was honored with a Quilt of Valor in May 2019.
He was a pioneer in the plastics industry working for one of the first companies to supply plastic bottles to the dairy industry to replace glass. He attained the position of Vice President of Sales and traveled the world.
Gary and his wife Molly built a home in Conyngham in 1976. He was a very active member of the Conyngham community. He was a coach for the Valley West minor league Little league and Babe Ruth leagues. He was involved in Scouting with his sons. He served seven years on Conyngham Borough Council, with two as President. He enjoyed volunteering at the Conyngham Valley Historical Society and especially at events such Valley Day and Halloween events at the old Conyngham Elementary school. He volunteered in his community until his health no longer permitted.
Gary was raised as a Yankee’s and Indians fan but was converted by his mother-in-law, and remained an avid Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles fan. He loved nothing more than to watch the Phillies and the Eagles games.
He enjoyed vacationing with his family to the beaches on the East coast and Canada. He and his wife enjoyed traveling with trips to Hawaii, Ireland, and Germany.
Gary remained in close contact with his Westmorland High school classmates and enjoyed attending monthly lunches at the Irem Temple Country Club.
He was preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by a brother Lynn Dietz his father-in-law Earl Moyer; and mother-in-law Molly W. Moyer, who resided with his family for 17 years.
Surviving are his wife of the past 52 years Mary "Molly" (Moyer) Dietz; two sons Gregory M. Dietz; and Eric J Dietz and his wife Melissa (Waschko) Dietz; a daughter Ellen M. Creveling. and her husband James; two grandchildren Connor and Julia Creveling; a sister Cheryl Vanderhoff; five nieces; seven great-nephews and many cousins.
His funeral will be held Friday, January 10, 2020 at Noon with a Memorial Service from Harman Funeral Homes & Crematory Inc. (East) 669 W. Butler Drive, Drums. Friends may call at the funeral home Friday from 11 am until the time of the service. The Rev. Dennis Gray, of Compassionate Care Hospice, will officiate the services. Interment will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Conyngham Valley Historical Society, PO Box 131, Conyngham, PA 18219. Online condolences may be entered and more information is available at www.harmanfuneral.com.
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Conyngham Valley Historical Society
PO Box 131, Conyngham PA 18219