Memorial services to celebrate the life of Martin J. “Marty” Dittmer, 69, a resident of Davenport, will be 10:00 AM Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at the Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport. The service will be livestreamed by visiting Marty’s obituary at www.hmdfuneralhome.com. Visitation will be held Monday from 4 until 7 PM at the funeral home. There will be additional visitation Tuesday morning from 9 AM until the time of the service at 10 AM. Keeping with Marty’s wishes, cremation rites have taken place. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Children's Flight of Hope in honor of their support of his grandson’s fight with cancer. A link for donation is available here Children's Flight of Hope Donation Page .
Marty died peacefully Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at his home surrounded by family after complications from a stroke.
Martin James Dittmer was born April 7, 1952 in Davenport, a son of William E. and Marilyn (Mohr) Dittmer. Marty began working at his family’s service station, Dittmer’s Service Station, at 13 years old and owned and operated it alongside his brothers, Matt and Scott. He enjoyed serving the loyal customers of Dittmer’s and developed many lasting friendships. He retired in 2016.
He and his wife Jeri Ryan were together for 28 years.
Marty loved going to his kids and grandkids ballgames. He would routinely bring Gatorade and pop to share with their teams. He had a green thumb and loved doing yardwork, regularly earning compliments! He was an avid fan of St. Louis Cardinals and Iowa Hawkeyes. Marty also loved to drive and would be “Driving Ms. Jeri” to estate sales and shopping trips just to sit in the car and patiently wait for her return. Up until his last days, he enjoyed a cold Diet Mountain Dew. “Oh, that’s good!” He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Survivors include his wife Jeri; his children: Leah Dittmer, Davenport, Jenny (Shawn) McDermott, Walcott, Lindsay (Scott) Gardner, Bettendorf, Joe (Cheryl) Ryan, Waukee; grandchildren Rylan Phelps, Ethan Epping, Maddy, Will, and Gavin McDermott, Ty, Lola, and Lucy Gardner, Jack, Ben, and Ava Ryan; his siblings: Linda (Rod) Speer and Scott (Pam) Dittmer, Davenport, a sister-in-law Mary Dittmer, Eldridge; mother-in-law, Nita Tillotson, Davenport, sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Dynae Juraco, Canton, Illinois, and Dave (Pam) Tillotson, Davenport and many nieces and nephews
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Matt Dittmer.