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In Memory

Gerald 'Jerry' Dittrich, 82, retired VTH employee, died May 31

June 3, 2009

Gerald "Jerry" Dittrich, 82, of Fort Collins passed away May 31, 2009.

Jerry was born on June 2, 1926, in Plainview, Minn., to William and Grace Dittrich. He attended the Grub School and received his GED from Military School in the Air Force. Jerry completed basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, and radio school in Biloxi, Miss.

Retired VTH employee

Jerry married Dorla Jean Timm on Sept. 19, 1953, in Plainview, Minn. They lived in Rochester, Minn., until 1963. Jerry attended the Methodist Kahler School of Nursing and was a Registered Nurse. Jerry, Dorla and their daughters moved to Fort Collins, in 1963, where Jerry worked at the CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital until retiring in 1986.

Jerry was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church since moving to Fort Collins in 1963. He enjoyed many hobbies including motorcycling, fishing, beekeeping, skiing and gardening.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Hugh, Howard and Orville. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Dorla; daughters, Cindy (Pete) Sherman of Fort Collins and Laurie (Chuck) Lindeken of Loveland; sister, LaVonne Myers of Rochester, Minn.; three grandchildren, David (Liz) Atwood of Larimie, Wyo., Katie Atwood of Windsor, and Elizabeth Sherman of Fort Collins; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial service June 5

Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Friday, June 5, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Fort Collins. Inurnment will be at Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery in Plainview, Minn., at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery Fund in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 650 W. Drake Road, Fort Collins, CO 80526.

Please visit to view Jerry's online obituary, sign the family guest book and send condolences.

Originally published in the Coloradoan, June 3, 2009.