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Deanna Dell Dietz

April 10th, 1941 - May 17th, 2024

Deanna Dell Dietz, 83, of Tucson AZ passed away on May 17, 2024. She was born April 10, 1941 to Roxie Dell and Nealus Webb of Middletown OH and is survived by her sister Karen Avant, her son Jeff Adair and her devoted stepsons Gary R. Gusse and Michael Dietz along with several nieces, nephews and grandchildren.  She is preceded in death by her beloved husband Milton (Mike) Donald Dietz who passed on February 5, 2021, her daughter Candace, and son James.  


Mike and Deanna (DD) loved volunteering and planning numerous Marine Corps reunions for the 5th Marine Division for which he was assigned and fought with in Iwo Jima from the beginning until it was secured. They enjoyed their summers in Lake Delton Wisconsin and winters in Tucson Arizona.  DD’s other great love was her little Chihuahua, Pipka.   He went with DD everywhere and was a great little guy.


DD worked at Mt. Bell right out of high school (Catalina, Class of 59).  She later worked TEP for many years where she met Mike. She and Mike did extensive Genological research on the Dietz/Rashid/Pagel family histories. She also loved decorating cakes for weddings and other special occasions.


In lieu  of flowers, contributions can be made to Wounded Warrior Project (, 855-448-3997, or mail to PO Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516. 


There will be a viewing and service held on Saturday, June 22 at 10 AM at ADAIR Funeral Home, Dodge, Chapel,  1050 North Dodge Blvd., Tucson AZ 85716. 


She will be interred on Monday, June 24 at 10 AM at Arizona Veterans Memorial Cemetery at Marana, 159 N Luckett Road, Marana, AZ 85653

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Anne King

DD and I met at TG&E in April 1969. As a new employee, she welcomed me to the Company and we became fast friends. Realizing we lived less than a mile apart, she was always generous in providing me with a ride home in her blue Rambler station wagon when I was in need. DD was a cake decorator extraordinaire! Her special occasion and wedding cakes were not only delicious but incredibly detailed. (Although she patiently tried to teach me, I failed Cake Decorating 101.) She invited me to join her homemakers’ group where I made new friends. We shared so many events from helping each other move to our new homes, to birthday, Christmas and retirement parties. We rejoiced in the happy times and held each other up in the difficult times. DD is greatly missed. My dear friend, may you rest in peace. Anne King

Published June 14th, 2024

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