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Ronald Lee Ditzler

May 7, 1940February 8, 2021

Ronald Lee Ditzler, 80, passed away on February 8, 2021.

Ron, a native of Adams County, Pennsylvania was born on May 7, 1940, to the late Charles and Ethel Ditzler.

Ron will be remembered as an inspiring choral director in the Harford County, MD, and Downingtown, PA School Districts. He had a second career in telecommunications and liked to say that he was there at the birth of the Internet.

Ron loved the music of Mahler and Sibelius, and he was working on compositions of his own at the time of his passing. Ron was a student of nature and had a vast knowledge of wildflowers and birds, and he was a lifelong fan of the Philadelphia Phillies.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother, Charles Ditzler.

He is lovingly remembered by his wife, Karen Bender, his sister, Margaret Sumter, his sister-in-law, Freda Ditzler, his nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and nephew.

Memorial contributions may be donated to The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. Ron was much concerned about people facing hunger during the COVID pandemic.


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Carl Ditzler

February 24, 2021

Rest in Peace, Uncle Ron

Linda Sterner-Pawelek

February 23, 2021

I was sorry to hear of the death of my dear friend, Ron. We were in the same Gettysburg college class --1962, and both in the music department under the direction of Parker Wagnild. We sang in the choir together and had a lot of the same classes. We both worked at Camp Nawakwa one summer and on one of our nights off we went to a nearby tavern and he introduced me to Sloe Gin Fizzes and we danced. After college we went our separate ways but both of us continued sharing our musical talents. I'm sorry our paths didn't cross again, but I certainly remember him with fondness. He taught me one of his own piano compositions and I can still play it.

Bill Graefe

February 22, 2021

Mr. Ditzler taught a bunch of farm kids like me to sing together & sound good. He could herd cats!

Judy and Ray Curd

February 21, 2021

What to say? A favorite teacher became my brother-in-law through a romantic story that brought him to be a welcome addition to our growing family. There will always be a place for his memory at our table each Thanksgiving.
Affectionately remembering,

Donna Frame/ Jeffery

February 15, 2021

Ron was the one who pushed all of us at concert choir to be better than we dreamed. In 1977 we put on Guys and Dolls. After realizing the original lead could not proceed we had to re-audtion. That night when he called me to tell me I was one of the leads was the most thrilling phone call ever. He was a perfectionist and we all loved and admired him. I will miss him always.

Katie Neuhauser

February 15, 2021

Mr. Ditzler was my music teacher at Downingtown High School during the 1969/1970 school year. I remember his kind and encouraging way of drawing us into music. I remember he played the Blood, Sweat & Tears eponymous album in its entirety, pointing out its musicality. (I still have that album.) He made an impression on this at-the-time-9th-grader. I teach at Apex Middle, but I had no idea he was in Apex

John Nagle

February 14, 2021

Although having lived in Cary for over 50 years, I still read the obituaries in the Gettysburg Times. Several days ago, I was surprised to read of Ron's death--and even more to read his obituary in today's News and Observer. I did not know he lived in Apex. Ron was the manager of the Gettysburg College choir my freshman year and I remember our time together well. My sympathy goes out to your family, at his death.

Stacey Esgar Overton

February 13, 2021

Ronny was such a sweet man. He is my grandmother's (Althea Ditzler March) nephew. He stayed in touch with her until her passing in October 2019, and would send her flowers and gifts during the holidays and special occasions. He will be missed.

Freda Ditzler

February 13, 2021

I will always remember Ron as a kind, caring, and loving brother-in-law. Music was always a big part of his life. As a young boy he sang as his father played piano.

I felt a sense of pride when he called me Sis. ❤️

I miss you brother and always will.

Brenda Horton/Dolly

February 12, 2021

So happy to have been under your choral direction at N.H.H.S
You were a one of a kind Director and so meticulous, especially with word pronunciation of each song. Thank you for taking us to several county competitions and allowing me to solo as well. I will always remember you for your support of my folk singing. May the angels surround you now with the Peace and Joy you deserve.
Love and Light, Brenda Horton Dolly