Russell Harry Dietz, 72

Russell Harry Dietz, 72, of Montgomery, passed away after a long battle with cancer on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, surrounded by family at Mayo Clinic Health System Hospital in Mankato. Visitation will be held Thursday, June 20 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery with a funeral service following. Interment will be at a later date.

Russell was born on September 30, 1946, to Harry and Leota (Busta) Dietz. He graduated from Montgomery High School. He was in the US Army Reserves and Montgomery Police Reserves.

Along with working at the flour mill in New Prague, he owned and operated his own auto body shop, and then bakery in Montgomery. He was united in marriage with Joyce Hatten on May 29, 1969, in Bancroft, Iowa.

Russell enjoyed fishing, tractor pulling, polka music, playing concertina for the “Stray Cats”, and was active in Pioneer Power.

Russell is survived by his children, Jason (Megan) Dietz of Osakis, Jennifer (Sean) Buckridge of Lonsdale, Matthew (Audrey) Dietz of New Prague, Jonathan (Jennifer) Dietz of Slinger WI, and Mitchell (Caitlin) Dietz of Shakopee; siblings, Judi Dietz and Katie Dietz both of Apple Valley; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Russell is preceded in death by his wife, Joyce; his parents; and sister, Linda Dietz.
Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at


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