Stanley Edward Ditch,
83, of Ely, passed away peacefully in his home on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. Celebration of Life services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 24, at Brosh Chapel and The Avacentre in Cedar Rapids, located at 2121 Bowling St. SW, with the Rev. Dr. Julie Schuett presiding. Burial will be in Czech National Cemetery, where military rites will be conducted. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, at Brosh Chapel.
Stanley was born Sept. 8, 1934, in Cedar Rapids, the son of Francis and Mary (Snobl) Ditch. He graduated from Cedar Rapids McKinley High and later attended Kirkwood Community College. Stan proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. Stan was united in marriage to Dorothy Polehna on Nov. 19, 1960, in Cedar Rapids. He farmed most of his life in the Cedar Rapids and Ely area. Stan loved hunting, fishing, taking trips to Minnesota, playing cards, occasionally visiting the casino and, most of all, spending time with his family. He was a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church near Ely; CSA Fraternal Life, serving as president of Lodge Prokop Velky; and Ely Town & Country.
Stan is survived by his wife of over 57 years, Dorothy; three children, Mark (Sharon) Ditch of Watkins, Stacy (Jim) Kolthoff of Quasqueton and Jill (John) Dillon of Cedar Rapids; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Delbert Ditch and Larry (Sharon) Ditch, both of Cedar Rapids; two sisters-in-law, Dolores Ditch and Pat Ditch; as well as his nieces and nephews.
Stan was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Leonard Ditch and Arnold Ditch; his sister, Mary (Dave) Shakespeare; and sister-in-law, Donna Ditch.
Memorials may be directed to the First Presbyterian Church near Ely or to Hospice of Mercy in his name.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.broshchapel.com.