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Ronald Walter Deitz

Ronnie W. Deitz, 60, of Sylva, went home to be with the Lord, Thursday August 1, 2019. A native and lifelong resident of Jackson County, he was the son of the late John Ford and Dorothy Deitz. Ronnie retired from Western Carolina University after 30 years of service with the groundskeeping staff. He was a volunteer host for the Forest Service at the ATV riding area at Wayehutta. In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by his brothers; Larry Anders and Johnny Deitz. 

He is survived by his soulmate Ellavee Gordon

Son- Joshua Deitz (Carla) of Sylva

Daughter- Chassie Deitz-Selouane (Hicham) of Orlando, Florida

Granddaughters- Nora Aziza and Jessica

Grandson- Jared

Brothers- Glen Deitz (Doris) and Mike Anders (Wanda) both of Sylva

Sisters- LaRae Hooper (Randall) of Cullowhee and Ann Melton (Phillip) of Sylva

Several nieces and nephews also survive

Services will be private

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Such a good man...he will be missed...Prayers for you all.

Lisa McMahan Aug 5 2019 12:00 AM

I'm so sorry to hear about Ronnis's passing. He and my father, Lloyd Sellers, spent hours together working on and talking to each other on their ham radios. He was a wonderful friend to my dad and was so helpful to my mom after my dad passed away. Praying for the family. Kristy Sellers Smith

Kristy Sellers Smith Aug 4 2019 12:00 AM

Ellavee So sorry about Ronnie. Prayers for you And the family.

Kathy Green Aug 4 2019 12:00 AM

Ellavee so sorry to hear about Ronnie you are in my thoughts and prayers. He was such a hard worker and never met a stranger. I know you will miss him but always remember the good times you had together. With heartfelt sympathy and love to you. Lib

Lib Queen Aug 4 2019 12:00 AM

Ella Vee - I am in total shock as I read this. It was not so long ago that I ran in to you and Ronnie and all seemed fine. He was his sweet, smiling joking self. You know, as I told you, I always thought you two were the perfect couple - a complete fit and was so happy that the two of you found so much happiness together. The wonderful years of togetherness and fun times that you shared will always carry with you. I am so very sorry you lost Ronnie so soon. He was a kind, helpful, and generous person and will be greatly missed. He will, however, be a bright and shining star in Heaven. Please know I am her for you.....much love and prayers go out to you and Ronnie's family.

Teresa Hooper Aug 4 2019 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for you all.

Tina Fisher Aug 4 2019 12:00 AM

I was bewildered when I was told that Ronnie had passed. It is a slow process in comprehending that my friend and classmate is no longer here. God places things in our path that we yet to understand. I do believe that Ronnie has been received into Heaven because God knows all the good deeds Ronnie did. My condolences to his family and friends.

Jimmy Ashe Aug 4 2019 12:00 AM

Sorry for your loss prayers for all the family

Terrie Childers Aug 3 2019 12:00 AM

My heart is broken, Ronnie was one of my favorite people. He was so nice, helpful and always caring about others. I never talked with him either before or after Lloyd's death that he did not always offer to help us if he could. He was a genuine friend and will be missed greatly. My prayers are with you all. He and Lloyd are probably in Heaven talking Ham Radio.

Linda Sellers Aug 3 2019 12:00 AM

I am so sorry to hear of Ronnies passing. I send love,thoughts and prayers to all the family. He was such a wonderful man and friend. He will truly be missed

Joyce Childers DuPree Aug 3 2019 12:00 AM

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