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Urban H. Dietzenbach

February 28, 1922 ~ December 29, 2019 (age 97)


Urban Hugo Dietzenbach, 97, of Cresco, passed away December 29, 2019, at Cresco Assisted Living in Cresco.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 4, 2019, at Notre Dame Parish in Cresco, IA, with Father Jacob Rouse officiating.  Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery Cresco, IA.  A visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, January 3, 2019, at Heritage Events Center 229 3rd Ave W, Cresco, with a scripture service at 7:00 p.m.  Visitation will continue one hour prior to the time of service Saturday at the church.

Urban was born February 28th, 1922, Northeast of St. Lucas near the Turkey River on the farm homesteaded by his grandfather who emigrated from Germany in 1864.  Urban was the son of Joseph and Mary (Hackman Korzendorfer)Dietzenbach. Urban went to school in Festina and then on to St. Luke’s graduating from the 8th grade.  After graduation he farmed with his dad. 

On October 3rd 1944, he was united in marriage to Lucy Schmitt at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in St. Lucas, IA.  They farmed East of St. Lucas for about six years before moving to Cresco in 1951.  In 1991, Urban retired and moved to Cresco.  Even in retirement he never really retired from the farm always helping out when he could and proud of his family carrying on the farming heritage.

Urban was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Farm Bureau and served on school and church boards. Urban made hundreds of rosaries for the missions, rest homes and hospitals.  Urban loved to travel. They traveled around the United States and to Germany in 1984.  He enjoyed fishing, playing cards, watching TV, reading and checking the crops.  He loved to tinker and invent things, and actually got a patent on a feed wagon.  One of the fondest memories for the family was when Urban dug an inground, plastic lined swimming pool in the back yard for all the kids. He enjoyed visiting with friends and family and especially the grandchildren. 

Urban was proud to be the patriarch of 5 generations.  Urban and Lucy celebrated 75 years of marriage on October 3, 2019.  Urban recently reminded Lucy again that she was the best present he ever received.

He is survived his cherished wife Lucy (who is 93 years old); his children, Don and Jan of Evergreen, CO, Jim and friend Barb, Robert and friend Mary, JoAnne and Gary Larson, Dean and friend Deb, Kevin, Dale and Julie all of Cresco; 21 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.  Urban is also survived by his in-laws Edmund and Norma Schmitt, Gerald and Rosetta Schmitt, Alex Schmitt and Helen Noska.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph (1949) and Mary(1926) Dietzenbach, two sons, Duane and Richard and two daughters- in-law, Kathy and Sherie, two sisters Marie (John) Huber, and Rita in infancy, brothers Hugo (Irene), Herbert (Mildred), Joe, Edward (Louise), and Francis (Helen), half brothers and sisters: Theresa (Kortzendorfer)Herold and Paul Herold, Katie (Kortzendorfer)Nolte and Alois Nolte, Nick and Edythe Kortzendorfer, John and Loretta Kortzendorfer. Also by his in-laws: Shirley(Croatt)Schmitt, Gene Noska, Leo and Della Langreck, Irma and Leonard Bullerman and Arthur and Agnus(Riha)Schmitt.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Howard County Community Hospice, 225- 8th Ave West, Cresco, IA 52136



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January 3, 2020

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Heritage Events Center (Cresco)

Funeral Mass
January 4, 2020

11:00 AM
Notre Dame Catholic Church

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