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Ruth Dittman 12/26/2021

Ruth “Ruthie” Dittman, age 95, of New Richmond passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 26, 2021 with family by her side at Our House Senior Living in New Richmond.  She was born a twin on July 20, 1926 in Minnesota.  She married Willmer “Willie” Dittman on September 8, 1951 in Stillwater, MN.  The couple farmed in Boardman for many years.  They built a new barn and had a big barn dance for the community.  Ruth was a wonderful hostess and loved to bake and cook big family farm meals.  She loved animals and is remembered as a generous person with a very contagious, beautiful laugh. She would start giggling, and she would get everyone else giggling. She is survived by her sons, David “Dutch” (Julie) Dittman, John (Terri Maloney) Dittman; grandchildren, Amber (Drew) Kusilek, Jesse (Brittany) Dittman, Kendra (Bret) Fredrickson, Jared Dittman, Sheila (Dan) Duch, Dustin Dittman, Madison Dittman; great-grandchildren, Axel Kusilek, Talyn Kusilek, Weston Dittman, Kilyn Fredrickson, Brynnli Fredrickson, Presley Duch, and Portor Duch.  Ruth is preceded in death by her parents, Emil & Elise Affolter; husband, Willmer “Willie”; brothers, Rudolph, Emil Jr., John, Walter & Otto Affolter; sisters, Elsie Strese and her twin, Mildred Koepke.  A funeral service was held on Monday, January 3, 2022 at 12:00 noon at Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services (728 S Knowles Ave) in New Richmond.  Visitation was one hour prior to the service.  Interment was in Boardman Cemetery.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.

Click here to watch Ruth’s recorded funeral


  • Susie Kelly Fox Posted December 29, 2021 11:37 am

    Will Always remember you Aunt Ruthie!! As a little girl I got to go out to your farm and play with my cousins, David and Johnny!! I remember your laugh and all the dogs and cats and I was at that big wonderful fun Barn Dance when the new barn was built! So many wonderful memories!! I will miss you and I wish I could be at your memorial on Jan 3. But am so far away in Colorado. And will always remember you and your family on the farm!!!

  • Gene & Chris Aichele Posted January 3, 2022 1:20 pm

    “Dutch” and Julie,
    Our condolences to you on your moms passing. Just saw her notice this Monday afternoon. Rest in peace

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