Ronald “Ron” Dietl


Ronald (Ron) David Dietl, 80, passed away on November 22, 2022 after a short battle with an acute leukemia. His last weeks were spent with his loving family by side.

Ron was born May 15, 1942 in Ames, Iowa to Walter and Margaret (Enger) Dietl. He graduated from Ames High School in 1960. After high school, Ron married Marlis Behrend. They had twin daughters who died shortly after birth. They then had two more daughters, Romi and Merri, before divorcing some years later.

After working as a brick layer for many years, Ron retired in 2006. He had a special bond with his family in Minnesota (daughter, Romi, son-in-law, Jim, and granddaughter, Ashley), so in 2008 he decided to leave the city life and made the move to rural Kellogg, Minnesota, where he remained until his death.

Ron loved being outside with nature and truly enjoyed feeding all the different kinds of birds, especially his hummingbirds. He was a huge animal lover and rescued five golden retrievers over the years. He also loved having the cats sleep in his lap as he read books in his recliner.

Ron is survived by two daughters, Romi and Merri, two sons-in-law, Jim and Wayne, three grandchildren, Ashley, Anthony and Mason, brother, Bruce, sister, Karen, one nephew, Shane, and four nieces, Shannon, Kris, Darci and Robin. He was preceded in death by his parents, twin daughters and sister-in-law, Pam.

Ron requested to forego a funeral service. Instead, the family will have a private celebration of life at a later date, where they will spread his ashes, combined with his beloved golden retrievers.

The family would like to thank Mayo Clinic Hospice for the outstanding care and support that both they, and Ron, received over the last few weeks.

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5800 Baker Road

Suite 120

Minnetonka, MN 55345


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One thought on “Ronald “Ron” Dietl

  1. Wishing Peace and comfort to Uncle Ron’s family – I can look back with great fondness on our trip to Arizona many years ago. His facial expressions with cats, dog, birds, is truly priceless. God Bless. ~ Kris

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