David B. Dittmer, 79, of Calhoun, Missouri, died Wednesday evening, January 30, 2019, at his home surrounded by family.
He was born June 19, 1939, in Denver, Colorado the son of David Clarence Dittmer and Cozette Dittmer. On October 23, 1966, at the Calhoun Baptist Church he married Verna Jean Parks and she survives of the home.
As a young man, David worked as a farm hand for Howard and Clarence Bradley. He graduated from Windsor High School in 1957 and was a charter member of the Windsor FFA chapter. He and his brother, Jim, started Dittmer Brothers Ditching in 1959 and were joined later by their father. In the early days of the business, David often took work on the side. He was a truck driver for Horace Johnson in Nevada, Mo., and managed the fly ash plant in Montrose, Mo. He also worked as a salesman for the Long-Airdox Company in West Virginia, and traveled all over the world during this time and received a Salesman of the Year award. In 1981, he turned his focus back to the family business and began to build and expand the operations. The company took on the new name of Dittmer Ditching as David’s sons joined the work.
He was a member of the Land Improvement Contractors Association, and was a Board Member for 9 years with the Missouri Small Flows Organization. He was also a member of the former Calhoun Christian Church. David was an avid learner and had a vast knowledge of all types of machinery and equipment.
In addition to his wife Jean, survivors include a daughter, Cozette Pyeatt, Vacavilla, California; 3 sons, David E. Dittmer (Angie), Windsor, Mo., Matthew Dittmer (Mandy), Windsor, Mo., and Patrick Dittmer (Amber), Clinton, Mo.; 13 grandchildren, Audrey Pyeatt, Ian Pyeatt, Erin Pyeatt, Steven Dittmer (Brittany), David L. Dittmer, Christopher Dittmer (Kristie), Sara Copowycz, Haley LeClaire (Michael), Eli Dittmer, Sydney Dittmer, Abby Dittmer, Isaiah Dittmer and Emslie Dittmer; 13 great-grandchildren; a brother, Jim Dittmer, Troy, Illinois; and several nieces and nephews and a host of extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister-in-law, Beverly Dittmer.
Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 2, 2019 at the Hadley Funeral Home, Windsor, with Rev. Joe Hall officiating. Burial will be in the Calhoun Cemetery, Calhoun, Mo. Friends may call Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. The family will receive friends Saturday before the service from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home. The family suggests contributions to Twin Lakes Hospice in care of the funeral home.