G. Russell Diedrich
May 21, 1942 - May 27, 2021
Chilton, WI
Funeral Service:
Monday, June 7, 2021
6:30 pm
Wieting Family Funeral Home
411 W. Main St.
Chilton, WI 53014
Funeral Visitation:
Monday, June 7, 2021
3:00 pm - 6:15 pm
Wieting Family Funeral Home
411 W. Main St.
Chilton, WI 53014
G. Russell Diedrich
Chilton, WI

George Russell “Russ” Diedrich, age 79, of Chilton, died on May 27, 2021, at Aurora Bay Area Medical Center in Marinette. He was born May 21, 1942, in Manitowoc, son of the late Joseph and Loretta Diedrich. After high school, he joined the United States Air Force. On February 10, 1968, he married Ruth Ann Gross.

George was a maintenance worker at the Calumet County Courthouse for almost 30 years, after working at the local businesses Brillion Iron Works, Farmco, and the Carnation Company. He was a member at Good Shepherd Catholic Parish in Chilton, was a former member of the Chilton Lions Club, and had bowled on men’s and couples leagues for several years. He volunteered for the Chilton volunteer fire department for several years.

Russ enjoyed sharing babysitting duties with Dustin's maternal grandma after school.  The two of them would play with cars, wrestling figurines, trucks, and play UNO, Go Fish, and War.  He later went to watch him play football, as well as watching David play ice hockey.  There was nothing better to end a day's work than to sit on the front porch and Vern, the neighbor across the street, would come over, drink a beer or two, and solve the problems of the world.  After all, "What are neighbors for?”  There were several bonfires shared with the neighbors.  One time Eric made chili for the group.  It was so spicy hot that only Russ would eat it! After his wife's retirement, there were vacations with three other couples.  While on a trip to Cancun with the group, Russell managed to find a little bar across from the hotel so while the others were enjoying the seashore or sightseeing, he was enjoying the local beer.  Russ enjoyed several road trips with friends.  Russ never minded being the passenger and let Greg do the driving.  The road trips always included a stop or two at a casino and he never had a problem making his way into the front door of the casino.  But, if there was a stop at an interesting shop, he would decide to stay in the car and wait.  That never changed unless he and Ruth were making a trip to a Menards or Fleet Farm; otherwise he would "go along for the ride" and stay in the car with Molly, the dog.  Russ enjoyed the time he spent at the cabin near Crivitz.  He, his sons, and friends would spend the day 4-wheeling, coming home so dusty sometimes that you only saw the white around their eyes.  They could put on a hundred miles in a day but when his wife and daughter-in-law drove along, they would always have to shorten the trip. When Russ slowed down he started to doodle sketch which eventually worked into doodle painting. He enjoyed painting and sanding, sanding, sanding his creations.  He enjoyed playing Sheephead over the years with family and friends.  Because of COVID, the card club had not played in over a year.  Fortunately, we were able to play one last night of cards the Friday before he passed away.  You just never know what tomorrow will bring.

Russ is survived by his wife, Ruth Ann; children: Susan Dramm (Brian Schmidlkofer), Brian (Sara) Diedrich, and Christopher (Jennifer Anderson) Diedrich; three grandchildren: Amanda Dramm, David Dramm, and Dustin Diedrich; Jennifer’s son: Coleten Anderson; a sister: Barbara Lueloff; and in-laws: Marie Koeser, Dorothy Schreiber, Barbara Anderson, Tom Hoeft, and Eugene (Patricia) Gross.

George was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Loretta (Betty); step-father: Joseph Brooks; a daughter: Jennifer Diedrich; sister: Judy Hoeft; Ruth Ann’s parents: Alden and Gertrude Gross; and brothers-in-law: Merlyn Koeser and Michael Anderson.

A funeral service is scheduled for 6:30pm on Monday, June 7, 2021, at the Wieting Family Funeral Home (411 W. Main St.) in Chilton. Friends may call from 3:00pm until 6:30pm at the funeral home on the day of the service. Those who wish to watch a livestream of the service, view flowers given, or watch a recording of the service in the future, may do so by clicking HERE

The Diedrich family would like to thank the Town of Stephenson EMS teamed the Marinette County Police for their help during this time of distress.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in the name of Russ Diedrich. 
I am extending my deepest and heartfelt sympathy to all the family. I watched the funeral service after work tonight and it was a nice tribute to Russ. God Bless all of you and Rest In Peace Russ.

Koren Bonlander - June 7, 2021

Barb, Lisa and Mike. You have my sympathy and I hope your memories of Russ make you smile. With Love, Susie

Susie (in-law & friend) - June 4, 2021

Our Deepest Sympathies. May God bring you peace & comfort during this difficult time in the love & support of family & friends.

Rick & Mary Jo - June 3, 2021

Our deepest sympathy goes out to your family. We remember the time we shared the house on Oak St. with you as neighbors. When times were much simpler and our families were just getting started. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God help you as you cherish the life of Russ. Love from Tom & Linda Cullen

Tom & Linda Cullen (Former Neighbors) - June 1, 2021

Lots of great memories 4 wheeling with Russ, always treated our children and Gail and I like family you will be greatly missed by everyone. Rest easy my friend ????

Dean Schabach (Family friend ) - May 31, 2021

I’m so sorry,he will truly be missed

Stage Coach chilton (Friend) - May 31, 2021

So sorry to hear of Russ passing. Russ was one of a kind you could always have fun with.

Dean and Alice Connors (Friend) - May 29, 2021

Ruth&family, Vern&I are so very sorry for the loss of dear Russ.We always had alot of fun when were together ,Russ would says what are neigbors for.Love&Prayers,We will miss him,God bless Love Vern Ruth

Ruth Thede (Friend) - May 29, 2021

Though I’ve been long absent from the Chilton area, I still recall fondly the days in the old neighborhood. Your family will always be a part of that. Sending you deepest condolences on the loss to the entire Diedrich family.

Brian Blatz (Former Neighbor/Friend) - May 29, 2021

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