Loving husband, father and grandfather, Archie H. Dittman, age 91, a resident of Central Park, Washington, died on Saturday, August 18, 2012, at Grays Harbor Community Hospital surrounded by his loving family. Archie H. Dittman was born on May 21, 1921, in Saskatchewan, Canada to Paul and Bertha (Bork) Dittman.
The family moved to Shelton, Washington, when Archie was about three years of age. He was raised in Shelton and graduated from Shelton High School in 1941.
During World War II, Archie served with the United States Navy for four years. He was a radarman and taught other naval personnel about the finer points of radar operation. Following his military discharge, at the end of the war, he returned to Shelton.
On April 21, 1945, Archie Dittman was married to Helen Jeanette O’Neill in Hoodsport, Washington.
Archie was employed at the Shelton ITT Rayonier Mill. In 1962, when the Shelton mill closed, the family moved to the Central Park area where he had since resided. He had been an instrument technician and later a supervisor. He retired from the Hoquiam ITT Rayonier Pulp and Paper Mill in 1984. He was a highly respected and trusted part of the company for 45 years.
His travels had taken him to Canada, San Diego, California and different parts of the west coast, but he was more content to explore the greater Harbor area.
He had been a Boy Scout Leader, a driver with the Senior Companion Program and was an active and longtime member of the Central Park Lions Club. Mr. Archie was a recipient of the prestigious Melvin Jones Award that is presented to a Lions Club member for their outstanding service and contribution to the community.
Family was always number one with Archie and his home was the preferred gathering place for all family events. There was always room for twenty more people. When he wasn’t outside working in his garden he could often be found lake or stream fishing.
Archie is survived by two sons, Larry Dittman (Renée) of Snohomish and Robert Dittman (Cheryl) of Antioch, California; three daughters, the twins, Jane Baker (Steve Tobin) of Humptulips and Joan Dittman of Montesano as well as Mary Cronk (Bob) of Tacoma. His extended family includes thirteen grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Helen Jeanette Dittman; a granddaughter, Kimberly Dittman; and a grandson, Brian Dittman.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Central Park Lions Club, P.O. Box 613, Cosmopolis, Washington 98537.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 15, 2012, at the Coleman Mortuary Chapel, 422 – 5th Street in Hoquiam with Rev. Doug Cotton officiating.
Arrangements are by the Coleman Mortuary, 422 – 5th Street, Hoquiam, Washington 98550.
Please take a few moments to record your thoughts for the family by signing the on-line register at www.colemanmortuary.net.