Stalin’s regime took Dietrich’s father in 1938, and he was never seen again. The family fled to Germany in 1943 to live in a camp. After further persecution, they fled to Belgium, and in 1951, immigrated to Toronto. Dietrich accepted Christ at 17. He worked 30 years as operations manager for an Oakville (Ont.) manufacturing company. He taught Sunday school and served Christian Service Brigade until moving to Port Rowan, Ont., in 1995. That year, Dietrich had a stroke and brain surgery. God granted him 18 more years. He loved going to church and entertaining friends and family at home. In 2012, Dietrich was diagnosed with a rare brain disease. He faced it bravely, knowing God was in control. 2 Timothy 4:6–8 were his favourite verses. His life was filled with faith, generosity and joy.