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David Dittman 10/17/2022

David Dittman 10/17/2022

David “Dutch” Wilmer Dittman, age 70, of New Richmond, died Monday, October 17th at Comforts of Home-Hudson, with his wife and daughter by his side. He was born September 14th, 1952 to Wilmer “Willy” Edward Dittman and Ruth Dittman (Affolter). Growing up on the family farm in Boardman, he earned his nickname, “Dutch,” from his dad. With a nickname that means “trouble,” he didn’t like it at first, but he sure grew into it.
Dutch went to grade school in Boardman and graduated from New Richmond High School in 1971. He was a farmer all of his life. He worked at Duro Bag for many years, and Andersen Windows after that.
He met his sweetness, his sugar plumb, Julie Frank, as they both grew up in Boardman. They played pool together at the local taverns. They were married April 12th, 1986 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Burkhardt.
Dutch’s heart was always in farming. He loved being out on the tractor or feeding the chickens. He was an active member of the New Richmond Lions Club for many years. One of the things he particularly enjoyed was growing a pumpkin patch for the Lions Club each year. He also enjoyed any and all events at his church, Redeemer Lutheran. Dutch spent many nights with his friends playing “500.” He treasured his friendships. Taking his kids camping and fishing was always enjoyable. He loved going to his kids’ games and was always the loudest one cheering in the crowd. Dutch volunteered at the Deerfield, leading chat groups with the guys and bringing in his animals for the residents to see.
There will never be another like Dutch. He will be remembered for his larger-than-life personality, heart, and soul. He had a story for every occasion and kidded around like none other. Wherever he went, Dutch made friends. He was a giver, always there to lend a helping hand or lighten the mood with his lively banter. Dutch was known for his shenanigans and lived up to his nickname for sure.
Dutch was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Julie Dittman (Frank); brother, John Dittman (Terri Maloney); children, Amber (Drew) Kusilek and Jesse (Brittany) Dittman; his grandchildren, Axel Kusilek, Talyn Kusilek, and Weston Dittman; and many friends and relatives.
A Memorial Service was held on Friday, October 28, 2022 at 6:00PM at Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services (728 S Knowles Ave) in New Richmond with a visitation starting at 4:00PM. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.



  • Bill O’Connell Posted October 19, 2022 9:06 am

    Dittman Family, Dave was a great friend since grade school. Easy going, big Smile. Always had a minute to catch up. We all will miss Dave.

    • Amber Kusilek (Dittman) Posted November 9, 2022 7:13 am

      Yes we will miss him very much. Thank you for your kind words❤️

  • Julie Bloom Posted October 19, 2022 1:24 pm

    So SAD, He was a great guy!

    • Amber Kusilek (Dittman) Posted November 9, 2022 7:15 am

      He really was a great guy! Thank you for your kind words.

  • Irvin Bird Posted October 19, 2022 3:12 pm

    Dutch will be missed greatly. His wit created stories that always bring a smile.

    • Amber Kusilek (Dittman) Posted November 9, 2022 7:16 am

      So many stories! Thank you for your kind words!

  • Tyler Thompson Posted October 19, 2022 4:23 pm

    Dutch was my best friend and I helped him work on tractors and we also went to Smith Sales and Tractor shows

    • Amber Kusilek Posted November 9, 2022 7:17 am

      He loved you Tyler!

  • Leah Case and Laura Thompson Posted October 19, 2022 4:43 pm

    Always left us smiling. He will be missed.

    • Amber Kusilek (Dittman) Posted November 9, 2022 7:18 am

      Thank you for your kind words and for being there to celebrate his life with us!

  • Troy Schmidt Posted October 19, 2022 10:08 pm

    So sad to hear this. Dave was such a good, kind, hard-working man. I always admired him. He used to plow my grandmother’s driveway in the winter and didn’t take a penny for it. Couldn’t have asked for a better neighbor. R.I.P.

    • Amber Kusilek (Dittman) Posted November 9, 2022 7:18 am

      Thank you for your kind words!

  • Lynn Ihrke Posted October 21, 2022 5:55 pm

    Sorry to hear about Dave Our Sincere Sympathy.

    • Amber Kusilek (Dittman) Posted November 9, 2022 7:19 am

      Thank you!

  • Danielle & Shaun Sipple Posted October 24, 2022 10:10 am

    Julie, I’m so sorry to hear about your husband. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    • Amber Kusilek (Dittman) Posted November 9, 2022 7:19 am

      Thank you!

  • Gary & Liz Knutson Posted October 26, 2022 8:36 am

    It was always a joy to be in a conversation with Dutch! RIP. Our sympathy to all of you on this loss of a great guy!

    • Amber Kusilek (Dittman) Posted November 9, 2022 7:20 am

      Thank you!

  • Sally Moona Posted October 27, 2022 6:19 am

    David was a wonderful cousin and a great person – my Dad loved his phone conversations with His nephew – “you betcha” ❤️

    • Amber Kusilek Posted November 9, 2022 7:21 am


  • Tim Moore Posted October 28, 2022 7:36 am

    My condolences to Julie/Jessie and family.
    Dutch was a character and a man of many stories, and he could always one up anyone in story telling. Without him I, and many other people would never have known anything about the “Humpalychian Mountians” or the great many beasts, and people who resided there.He was a regular at Frontier Ag (Polfus) and he always liked to flip for a pop.
    They don’t make many like him anymore. He will be missed by all who knew him.

    • Amber Kusilek (Dittman) Posted November 9, 2022 7:21 am

      Thank you for the memories and kind words.

  • Greg and Linda Grass Posted October 28, 2022 4:52 pm

    Dittman Family.
    Our sincere condolences to Julie and the entire Dittman Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Dave was a wonderful man and a friend for many years. Dave will be missed by us and others.

    • Amber Kusilek Posted November 11, 2022 11:35 am

      Thanks guys ❤️

  • Jacqueline Lawson:Aunt Vonne Posted October 30, 2022 3:46 pm

    I will miss David and wish so much I could have travelled back once more to see him. Blessings to you Julie and the family! Love Aunt Vonne

    • Amber Kusilek (Dittman) Posted November 9, 2022 7:22 am

      Thank you ❤️❤️❤️

  • Amber Kusilek Posted November 9, 2022 7:22 am

    Thanks guys! ❤️❤️❤️

  • Jeanine Carlson Posted November 15, 2022 8:30 pm

    Dave was a good friend. His generosity and thoughtfulness knew no bounds. I have a picture of him as Santa with my mother sitting on his lap. He brought my family joy. We’ll miss you, Dave. Blessings and comfort to his family.

  • Melinda Pinney Woodson Posted December 1, 2022 10:08 am

    “David & Johnny” was a household name out of the mouth of my mom; when my brothers & I were growing up. We visited the farm when I was 7. David & I were the same age. It was fun meeting him & playing with him & Johnny.
    In the Summer of ’67, I spent the whole summer living with his family, & my grandparents, that lived across the road. The Best Summer I had! Being a part of my cousin’s lives. David was so Cool. He was very friendly & nice; & loved to beat me when we shot Pool! He was a hard worker & loved all animals. In 2003 & ’04, my Late Brother & I came back to See David, Julie, his & his mom. As soon as we saw each, it was like we were back in time. David, left the world too soon. I am just so glad that I met your beautiful & loving family., Julie; & David will always be in your heart.

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