Carl Henry Deitrich, Sr., of Zion passed away on March 3, 2021 peacefully at home with his family. Carl was born at his grandparent Deitrich’s home in Walker twp. on January 3, 1931. He was the first son and third child of the late Walter and Leah Catharine (Felding) Deitrich. He was baptized in and later joined the Trinity Evangelical and Reformed Church in Hublersburg, which later became the Trinity United Church of Christ, where Carl served in many offices and taught adult Sunday school classes.
Carl was married to Martha (Beiler) Deitrich on December 30, 1961, at the Trinity UCC Church in Hublersburg. Carl and Martha met when she was his nurse at the Geisinger Hospital in Danville, Pa. He told his parents on their way home that he had met the girl that he was going to marry.
Carl is survived by his wife Martha at home, and their four children: Carl H. Deitrich Jr., and his wife Debra of Olympia, WA; Walter D. Deitrich and his wife Melissa of Allentown, Pa., Jeffrey S. Deitrich and his wife Susan of State College, and Susan (Deitrich) Besch and her husband Duffy of Zion, Pa. He also had eight grandchildren; Brian, Julie, Alexandra, Cati, Chris, JD (John), Alexis and Colby, two step-grandchildren, Tyson and Alyssa and two step-great grandsons . Carl is also preceded in death by his only brother Richard A. Deitrich and his wife Carole who survives. He also was preceded in death by his three sisters, Pearl Dotterer, Jean Davidson, and Patricia Wagner.
Carl graduated valedictorian in the class of 1948 from the Walker Two. High School in Hublersburg. For three years after school he worked on various farms and drove a neighberhood grocery truck for the local Lee grocery store in Hublersburg. In November 1951 he enlisted for three years in the Army Security Agency. After basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and special training in Mass. he was sent to Korea, where he spent seventeen months during the Korean War. He was discharged as a Corporal in November 1954.
Carl was fortunate after his discharge to be able to attend Penn State University in State College graduating with honors in Mathematics under the GI Bill. Carl enjoyed playing Chess during college. For about three years he played first board for the Penn State Chess Club team, which played many other colleges in the Northeast. In the fall of 1959 he became Penn State Chess Champion. For many years after his marriage he played in open chess tournaments, and one year he was Pa. State Class B champion. After graduation Carl was hired by the firm HRB of State College, where he worked for 33 years as a Software Engineer. Throughout the years the firm HRB was sold and had several different owners and Carl was retired from the Raytheon Co.
Carl felt blessed to have such a wonderful loving Christian wife like Martha. They shared the enjoyment of having a very large garden, growing lots of vegetables and taking lots of things to the Grange Fair,
They enjoyed worshipping in the Trinity UCC Church in Hublersburg which had been the family church for many Deitrich families. And God blessed them with wonderful children and grandchildren. Carl enjoyed watching all his children perform in their chosen sports. And he really enjoyed fishing with his sons, especially Jeff and some of his grandsons.
Services are private at the convenience of the family.
Memorial donations may be made to UPMC Hospice, 201 Chestnut Ave., Altoona, Pa. or St. Johns UCC, 145 W. Linn St., Bellefonte, Pa. 16823
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