December 1, 2023

Craig H. Dietrich

March 13, 1942 – November 25,2023
Craig Dietrich, 81, of Lincoln Nebraska, passed away Saturday November 25th, 2023, at the Tabitha Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Lincoln Nebraska, surrounded by his wife and one son. Craig was born March 13, 1942, to Henry and Bernice Dietrich in Grand Island Nebraska. He attended Grand Island Senior High School, graduating in 1960. He attended Kearney State College for 3 years, and then entered the US Navy in 1964. He attended Navy class ‘A’ school to become an IBM Machine Accounting. He served on board the USS Hunley AS31, stationed in Holy Loch Scotland. The Hunley was a supply ship for the SubRon14 Polaris Missile Submarine Fleet. After his honorable discharge in 1967 he moved to Lincoln and was employed by Miller and Moore CPA’s and became the Data Processing Manager. Craig married Janet Hann of Grand Island in 1968. In 1977, he started the Data Processing Department for Lincoln Welding Supply Co as their Data Processing Manager. He retired from LINWELD in 2006 as Director of Information Systems after 29 plus years.

Craig enjoyed the outdoors, with his wife and two kids, camping, boating, water skiing and snow skiing. He enjoyed athletics like softball, racquetball, golf and coaching youth sports for the YMCA and Trinity Methodist sports teams. He also loved fishing and hunting pheasants and quail. He was an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Lincoln. Other activities included his 38-year membership in DPMA (AITP) and was a Past President. He was an active member of Lincoln West Sertoma from 1977 to the present time and served as President several times. Craig and his wife didn’t miss many Nebraska home football games and travelled to many away games, including several Bowl games.

He is survived by his wife Janet, two sons Aaron Dietrich of Eugene Oregon and Boyd Dietrich of Lincoln Nebraska, one grandson River Dietrich of Eugene Oregon (current active duty US Navy), brother-in-law Keith Lockard of Lincoln Nebraska, niece Anne Lockard of Cleveland, Ohio, nephew Jay Lockard and Denise Lockard and their daughters Hannah Lockard and Rebekah Lockard of Lincoln Nebraska, and many additional loving nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held at 2pm, on Tuesday December 5th, 2023, at the Wyuka Funeral Home & Cemetery, 3600 O St, Lincoln Nebraska. Craig asked that memorials be given in the form of donation to Lincoln West Sertoma (call Dan Navratil at 402-525-0496) for helping needy children of Lincoln. You can also contact the Pieloch Pet Adoption Center in Lincoln to donate in Craig’s honor. Craig’s family will accept the donations directly as well.

The service may be viewed live by clicking the following link: Wyuka Funeral Home – YouTube


  1. We were so sad to hear of Craig’s passing. What a fun, great guy! We wish we could be there for his Celebration of Life service but will be in Arizona yet. Please accept our sincere condolences to you, Jan, and your family. Our prayers are with you.
    Craig & Karen Ensley

    • Janet & family

      Sorry to hear of Craig’s passing. Worked with Craig at Lincoln Welding. Enjoyed working with & fun at business events. Remember Craig always making popcorn.
      Take care

  2. My sincere sympathies, to you, Jan, and Aaron and Boyd. I have fond memories of all of you as members at Trinity ad the boys in Sunday school and at Lincoln Southeast. Craig (and you) have been active members at Trinity and have always been willing to lend a helping hand. Here’s to a life well lived.


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