James “Jim” Dietrich, 73, Willmar, Minn., passed away Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth.

Jim was born Oct. 14, 1945, in Virginia to August and Ida Dietrich. Jim spent much of his childhood in Forest Center, Minn. Jim was married to the love of his life Linda for over 50 years. He was a 32-year resident of Hibbing where he enjoyed a career as a welder at Hibbing Taconite for over 30 years. He was a member of the Mesaba Country Club. Jim enjoyed fishing at Lake Isabella and deer hunting. He liked working with his hands and building. Jim especially loved golfing with his grandsons and sons-in-laws and spending time with family.

Jim is survived by his wife, Linda; children: Gina (John) Valentini, Minnetonka, Minn., Chad (Abby) Dietrich, Hibbing, Trish (Marc) Alsdurf, Willmar; grandchildren: Carter, Amanda, Caitlyn, Emma, Sydney, Tyler, Beth and Kate; sisters: Laura May, Eden Prairie, Minn., Eunice Przybylski, Little Canada, Minn., and Judy (Jim) Hendrickson, Albuquerque, N.M.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and three sisters.

Funeral: Memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Abundant Life Church in Hibbing.

Visitation: Will be held for one hour prior to the service at church.

Arrangements are with Dougherty Funeral Home of Hibbing. To leave an online message of condolence, please visit our website at www.doughertyofhibbing.com.

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