Frederick E. "Buddy" Dietz Sr., a Glen Arm farmer, died of a heart valve infection Wednesday at Union Memorial Hospital. He was 86.
Born in Perry Hall on his parents' farm, he attended Baltimore County public schools and began agricultural work as a young man. He later bought farms, one in Fork and one in Glen Arm, and raised produce, including cabbage, tomatoes, broccoli and corn. He later raised corn, grain and hay, and dairy cattle.
"His life was devoted to farming and his family," said his son Robert Dietz of Glen Arm. "He was a proud farmer with many friends and loved ones who looked up to and admired him for his loyalty to his business."
Family members said he worked from sunrise to sunset until he was hospitalized this month after being stricken while mowing hay.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Lassahn Funeral Home of Kingsville, 11750 Belair Road.
In addition to his son, survivors include his wife of five years, the former Margaret Kahl; two other sons, Frederick E. Dietz Jr. and William A. Dietz, both of Glen Arm; two stepdaughters, Catherine Hibbard of Aberdeen and Shirley Feldenzer of Perry Hall; three sisters, Mary Hofstetter and Irene Hack, both of Kingsville, and Alvina Berg of Seminole, Fla.; five grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.
His first wife of many years, the former Margaret A. Burton, died in 2001.