Robert Dietterich Sr., 84 of Watertown
Robert (Bob) Dietterich, Sr., of Ohio St, Watertown, passed away peacefully, with honor and dignity on October 11, 2013 at home surrounded by his loving family.
Bob was born March 12, 1929 in Clinton, Iowa, son of Albert and Lucille Rankin Dietterich. He graduated from Lyons High School in 1947 and attended the University of Iowa in which he was always a big fan of their Football Team. Bob was a paratrooper and Jump Sergeant with the 11th Airborne Div., United States Army, receiving an honorable discharge. He was stationed at Camp Drum where he met his wife Dorothy. Bob was a star athlete in High School, winning the Iowa State Championships in the Discus Throw and was Quarterback for the Lyons High School football team in which he helped lead his team to back to back State Championships. In 1967, while serving as president of the National Little League, located at that time next to the NY Airbrake, he made contact with Boston Red Sox great Tony Conigliaro. 'Tony C' honored his request to open the league and was guest at our home for two days. Bob and Tony C maintained a close friendship up until Tony's death on February 24, 1990. On one fateful day, Tony C was hit in the head by a fastball that prompted the Major League to add the side shield to all batting helmets.
He married Dorothy M. Bocciolatt on March 22, 1952 at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church with the Reverend James Francoeur officiating. Bob began his career with Niagara Mohawk in 1954 and worked in Hydro Maintenance for over 25 years. He was promoted to Supervisor of Station Operations in 1980 and held this position until his retirement in 1987. Bob was a member of the American Legion, Niagara Mohawk 25 Year Club and was a member of the Watertown Golf Club for forty years. He enjoyed gardening, golfing, and was an avid hunter and fisherman in his younger years. A skilled tradesman, Bob, his father-in-law, who was a master carpenter, and brother-in-laws, built his Ohio St. home in 1963. Bob devoted his entire married life to family, work, and home. Bob is a descendent of The Niitsitapi, also known as the Blackfoot Indians, and took deep pride in his Native American Indian Heritage.