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Wayne R. Dietrich

July 12, 1945 — August 21, 2023

Winona

Wayne R. Dietrich

 

Wayne Dietrich 78 years old passed away on August 21, 2023 at home surrounded by family.

He was born July 12, 1945 to Carl and Gladys (Malewicki) Dietrich of Winona, MN. He graduated from Cotter in 1963. Wayne worked at Lake Center Switch (TRW) from 1968-2007. At Lake Center he made several friendships and had several nicknames, Fluffy being his well-known name. After a short retirement time, Wayne returned to work for another 10 years as a dry cleaner driver.

Wayne had many hobbies from his early years of duck hunting, deer hunting, dancing at Moxies, Inner Circle and Hot Fish Shop while listening to his favorite band, Union Station. He enjoyed his children and grandchildren, grilling out, and drinking a beer. He loved keeping his lawn in perfect condition and caring for his roses (something his mother loved). He enjoyed life to the fullest playing slots at the casino, walking around lake Winona, being outdoors, and watching/feeding the birds. Wayne loved his cats, his favorite, B.T. lived to 20 years.

If you knew Wayne, you would be blessed with his caring and giving soul. He could make you laugh and would always try to make you smile. He could talk and talk, even to strangers.

If you saw Wayne, you would see his cut off short shorts with white socks, fluffy hair, and driving his car with “SO FAST” license plate.

Wayne enjoyed his routines of going out for breakfast, chatting with the waitresses, reading his paper, and drinking his coffee. When his mother and brother were alive, he would visit almost on a daily basis. He loved his mother so much and it showed. He enjoyed watching old John Wayne movies, the 3 Stooges, American Idol, The Bachelor, game shows, and the 5:30 news while always eating popcorn at night.

He was a dedicated Vikings fan, loved his cars and a Honda motorcycle he owned when he was younger. His motorcycle was so loud you would hear him coming home from a mile away. Wayne would always give the best birthday/holiday cards. He would take his time picking them out as it meant a lot to him to give the perfect card.

Wayne touched a lot of lives, his saying would be “Life is too short, go out and enjoy everyday like it is your last because no one promises you tomorrow”. Wayne will be missed most for his strength, his giving caring heart, and his way of making you laugh.

Wayne is survived by his children John (Sheilah Vater) Dietrich of Minnesota City, MN, Joe (Krystal Plank) Dietrich of Winona, MN, Jeff (Karen Marhefka) Dietrich of Maumee, OH, and Dawn (Mike) Halbakken of Lake City, MN. Grandchildren Chris (and Angie), Brandon, Cole, Kyle (and Arturo), Brittany, Thomas, Josh, Hailee and Izzy. One great grandchild Jasen. Loving girl friend Donna Brown of Stockton, MN, one surviving sibling Kathy Hager of Lake City, MN, brother in-law Bob Wenger, sister in-law Shirley, and former wife Helen Dietrich of Goodview.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Billy and Bobby, sister Martha, and very special lady Candi Holter.

Visitation will be held at Watkowski-Mulyck Funeral Home, 376 E. Sarnia St., Winona, on Thursday, August 31, 2023, from 2 PM until 5 PM.  There will be a small service at 5 PM with food to follow.

Dad we will miss you so much, life will be quiet without you. We wouldn’t be who we are without you. His last words would be “Take the day off, you deserve it!”

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Visitation

Thursday, August 31, 2023

2:00 - 5:00 pm (Central time)

Watkowski-Mulyck Funeral Home

376 E Sarnia St, Winona, MN 55987

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Funeral Service

Thursday, August 31, 2023

Starts at 5:00 pm (Central time)

Watkowski-Mulyck Funeral Home

376 E Sarnia St, Winona, MN 55987

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