Funeral services for Ronald Dettmann will be held Wednesday, June 22nd, 10:30 a.m. at the Emanuel-St. John Lutheran Church in Lytton with Rev. Wayne Pfannkuch officiating. Burial will be at the Emanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Lytton with the Farber & Otteman Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5:00-8:00 pm on Tuesday, June 21st at the Farber & Otteman Funeral Home in Sac City.
Ronald Lee Dettmann, age 77, of Fonda, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, June 19, 2005, at the Park View Care Center in Sac City.
Ronald was born on February 23, 1928, to Vera Blair and Alvin Dettmann. He was baptized at Emmanuel - St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lytton, Iowa. His mother died while he was a young child, and he was then raised by his aunt and uncle, Herman and Amanda (Dettmann) Kreft. They and his cousins became his family, and later known to his children as Grandpa and Grandma Kreft and Uncle Gerald and Aunt Phyllis. His father later married LaVona Deever, giving him a special and loving step-mother and two brothers, Donald and Paul.
He was later confirmed at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, rural Sac City, Iowa. He spent a majority of his school years in Lytton where he graduated with a high school diploma in 1946. He was a successful athlete in baseball and basketball, and continued to share many memories with local teammates and his own children. After a brief period as a student at what is now Iowa State University, he was drafted into the U.S. Army on October 6, 1950. He completed basic training at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri, and served as a corporal in the infantry in Korea, and was honorably discharged on September 11, 1952.
He married Carolyn Kay Heflin on February 14, 1954, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Sac City, Iowa. They soon moved to the Swink/Heflin farm north of Lytton where they raised their family and he farmed most of his life. Throughout his life he was involved in many community activities, including school board and various appointments at Emmanuel - St. John’s. He spent many years building a well-known purebred Suffolk sheep herd. He remained active in the Hutchison - Liechty Post No. 546 of the American Legion, in Lytton, achieving a 50-year active membership.
Dad built his dream home downhill from the family farm in the late 80’s. His “log cabin” home was specially featured in an Iowa edition of the “REC News”. He enjoyed building and sharing “Grandpa’s Park” with anyone who wanted to stop and rest a spell. The most notable feature of his acreage is his trees and shrubs as they display their colorful foliage every fall season.
Anyone who really knew Dad saw that he enjoyed visiting the hospitalized, nursing home residents and those who could no longer venture out on their own. There were always the birthdays remembered by cards, phone calls, or the signature egg drops that many knew all too well.
If there was a feather in his well-worn cap, it was many feathers – his grandchildren. Whether a ball-game, a hand of Crazy 8’s, or frozen pizza from the oven while staying all night at grandpa’s, each grandchild will carry their own special memories of what it was like to be a part of his long, rich life.
He is survived by his six children: Pamela (John Dotson) of Fruitland, IA, Curtis (Barb) of Lytton, Scott (Sonya) of Emmetsburg, Kari (Brian) Lantz of Lytton, Crista (Jeff) Ashcraft, Eldridge, and Amanda Dettmann, Orlando, Florida; his children’s mother, Kay Dettmann, Marcus; seven grandsons and seven granddaughters; brothers, Donald Dettmann, Texas, and Paul (Jennifer) Dettmann, Chillicothe, Missouri, stepmother Lavona (Dettmann) McCaghy, also of Chillicothe, Gerald Kreft, Lytton, and Phyllis (Wayne) Grodahl, Lytton, and family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother Monte Dettmann; and his uncle, Herman and Amanda Kreft.