June 7, 1954 - October 26, 2017
James “Jim” Dittrich, age 63, died peacefully at home on October 26, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. He waged a valiant 16-month battle with cancer full of grace, determination and a positive attitude that allowed him to live life to the fullest until the end.
Jim is survived by his wife of 35 years, Cindy Dobmeyer-Dittrich; son, Luke, Fort Collins, Colo.; daughter, Eric (Chase Burnham), of Birmingham, Ala.; brother, Dan Dittrich; sisters, Kathy Reuter, Mary Weaver, Susie Schaffner, Faye Piel, Jane Bollinger, Colleen Dittrich, Michelle Ryan, and Jackie Blahnik, all of Minnesota and Wisconsin; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Jim’s passions in life were the Dittrich Family Farm in Alma and his children, whose accomplishments brought him great joy. Jim’s legacy will live on at The University of Tennessee where he had a 29-year career and was instrumental in construction of the new Student Union, which he helped make a reality through his hard work and dedication as Student Union director.
Receiving of family and friends took place on Tuesday, October 31, 2017, at Berry Highland West.
Special thanks to Dr. Aljadir, Dr. Kelley, Dr. Findeiss, and the chemotherapy nurses at the UT Cancer Institute for their outstanding care and compassion.
Condolences may be shared with the family online at www.BerryHighlandWest.com, or by sending them to Cindy Dobmeyer Dittrich at 8344 Birch Run Lane, Knoxville, TN 37919.