Donald E. Dieck

August 02, 1930 ‒ May 28, 2016

Delaware, Ohio


Donald E. Dieck, age 85 of Delaware passed away Saturday, May 28, 2016 at Willow Brook at Delaware Run.

Born in Detroit, Michigan on August 2, 1930 to the late Otto and Lucille (Nevkervis) Dieck, he graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and from the University of Michigan with a Master’s Degree in Administration.  A proud US Army Veteran, he served during the Korean Conflict.

Don enjoyed golfing and sports, particularly University of Michigan football. Never one to ask for anything, he gave countless hours volunteering at church and in his community. With a personality that filled the room, Don was happiest spending time with his family, grandchildren, and friends.

After spending most of his life in Michigan, where he was the principal of Addison High School, Don retired to Tennessee with his beloved wife of 58 years, Mary Lou (Sibley) Dieck, ultimately settling in Delaware, Ohio for the past 12 years to be near family and grandchildren. Sadly, Mary Lou preceded him in death in 2012.  He was most recently a member of Rural Chapel United Methodist Church in Delaware but frequently attended All Shepherds Lutheran Church with family.

He is survived by his daughter Dawn (Kevin) Bush of Millersport; sons: Mark Dieck of Pinehurst North Carolina and Kurt (Lonni) Dieck of Westerville; 7 grandchildren: Jasmyn, Morgan, Lauren, Josh (Erica), Jarrod, Emily (Patrick), and Alex; 3 great-grandchildren: Alyssa, James, and Caroline; and many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother James Dieck.

Friends may call 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Monday, June 27th at All Shepherds Lutheran Church, 6580 Columbus Pike, Delaware (on corner of State route 23 and Lewis Center) where a memorial service will follow at 3:00 p.m. with Pastors Craig and Wendy Richter officiating.  At 5:00 p.m., family and friends will be welcomed to a celebration of life at the home of Kurt and Lonni Dieck to share stories and remember the great times that were had with Don.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, or to Willow Brook Christian Community,

Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center is assisting the family with arrangements, and condolences may be expressed and memories shared by visiting

  • Much love and prayers for all the Dieck family. So many wonderful memories of Uncle Don and Aunt Mary Lou!

  • To the family of Don, so surprised to hear of your Dad’s passing know that my prayers are with all of you. Charlene Brown. ( mother of Phil, Paul, Shawn,Perry, Clint and Sarah Brown.

  • Our sympathy to the family of Donald Dieck. Years have passed but I remember him when we were children. We wish comfort for all .
    Blessings, Cousin Nancy Dieck Smith

  • Very sad to hear about Don’s passing. I went to school where Don was principal and lived next door to them for several years. He was a very good man and I always had a tremendous amount of respect and appreciation for him (even on those time when I was in his office because of something silly I did). I spent quite a bit of time at his house and hung out with his kids. My condolences to the family. Wishing peace comfort to Don’s family and friends, and keeping you in my prayers.

  • Mark, Dawn, Kurt and family. We are so sorry for the loss of your dad. We pray that God will give you peace during this time of need. You are in our prayers and thoughts.

  • To Mark, Dawn and Kurt,
    I will not be attending the memorial service for you dad but did want each of you to know that I sent you dad a letter several years ago and he called me upon receiving the letter. We had a great talk.

    I expressed to him that any success I enjoyed in education could be directly related to the support that came from the principal’s office. Don provided a safe and comfortable setting for students and teachers to operate. I thanked him for the many times he saved my butt, that I knew about, and also for all the times I didn’t know about. He told me about Mary Lou and how proud he was of his family. I affirmed that he had done a great job of raising his family (difficulties within a school district for kids of administrators that few people realize) in the setting he was in as well as assisting hundreds of other families in raising their kids.

    It was my desire to touch and motivate young lives and your dad encouraged and made that possible. I hope there is great pride on your part in the blessing God gave you with the parents you had.

    The value of having Don Dieck sitting in that principal’s office was evidenced several times…after his retirement. Nothing was the same with Don gone. And few people realized “what we had until he was gone.”

    I trust each of you are doing well and modeling for your families what your mom and dad modeled for you.

    My very best wishes
    Tom Britsch
    Matt 6:33

  • Don hired me to teach at Addison High School in 1986 and I am so glad he gave me that opportunity! He was always very supportive of my special education program and a wonderful man to work for.

  • Mark, Dawn and Kurt,

    What a remarkable man your dad was. I have alot of fond memories, he was a
    principle and a friend. There needs to be more men like him, just a great guy all the way around. Between Mr. Dieck and Mr. Bellinger Addison was the best place to be
    growing up in small town community. Thank You for sharing your dad with the
    Addison Community!! My thoughts and prayers are with you in this most difficult
    time, he is with your mom now and all is well with him.

  • Hi Kurt, Lonnie and family –
    Just finding out about the passing of your dad and would like to express my condolences. The memories of your dad that come to mind stretch back some 40 or so years ago when we would visit your family in Addison. Your dad was always welcoming and had a smile and laugh that I can still see in my minds eye. I remember once when we visited we took a jog through your back yard and then on over to the school and I felt a sense of pride knowing (as much as a 10 year old could) that my uncle was in charge of this big building. I remember the endless sports and business conversations between yours and my dad; it was cool listening to educated adults that knew ‘stuff’. I truly do miss seeing all of you and often find myself venturing back in my mind to the days of being kids and hanging out with all of the cousins at the Sibley home on Indianwood. And now we’re in the place that our parents were back in the day. I truly hope all is well with you and your family during this time and look forward to the day we lift a glass and make a toast to our parent that have gone before us.
    Take care,
    Ron, Donna, John Henry and Lydia

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    With Deepest Sympathy,
    John, Kim, John and Natasha, and Kristen Helmsdoerfer

  • Kurt, Lonnie and family,
    So sorry to hear of your loss. You are all in our prayers.
    Dan And Mindy Snider