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James William Dieters

May 6, 1956September 22, 2020

James William Dieters, age 64, of Rochester Hills, MI, died Tuesday, September 22, 2020.

He was born on May 6, 1956 in Lansing, MI, son of the late Dirk and Ruth Dieters, Sr.

Jim graduated from Rochester High School in 1974 and was named Falcon of the Year for his exceptional participation in Baseball, Football, and Basketball. He was also inducted into the Rochester High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

Jim played on the Oakland University Baseball team with his brother Bob and coached by their father Dirk, Sr. He graduated from Oakland University in 1978 with a general education degree and was drafted that same year to the Saint Louis Cardinals Organization. He was later inducted into the Oakland University Hall of Honor for holding several school records that took over 20 years to be broken.

He was an exceptional golfer and was often teased about how he should join the PGA Senior Tour. He married the love of his life Irene Joy Dieters on August 23, 2008.

Jim was the beloved owner of Duffy’s Pub in Auburn Hills, MI and former partner in Stan’s Dugout and Suburban Softball.

He had a passion for the Michigan State Spartans and spending time at the cottage in Harbor Beach.

Jim is survived by his wife Irene Dieters, his daughters Amy Cummings (Brian), Sarah Dieters and Molly Dieters. As well as, his stepchildren Alysia Bowman (Fred), Lane Lehman and Melanie Lehman. His Grandchildren Keagan, Donald and Clara Cummings and Emma and Lucas Bowman Brothers and Sisters: Dirk Dieters (Moira), Susan Dieters, Robert Dieters (Susan) and Thomas Dieters (Valerie)

Celebration of Life will be on Saturday, September 26, 2020 from 12pm - 2pm at the American Legion, 96 Churchill Rd. in Auburn Hills.

A private family service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, you may send donations to: Jim Dieters Memorial Baseball Fund Oakland University Attn: Gift Accounting 507 Golf View Lane Rochester, MI 48309-4488

Services

  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, September 26, 2020

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Michele Riera

September 26, 2020

Jim was a great man & the memories from Stans Dugout to Duffy’s Pub were great. He was very kind & generous to the community & supported Avondale schools. He will be missed by many. Prayers & comfort to the Dieters Family!!

Jill Stein

September 26, 2020

The memorial was so nice. Jim sure made my friend Irene one happy woman. I only meet Jim a few times at Dyffy’s Pub, but so quick to smile and greet you. Jim graced the world with humor and love. The memorial reflected that as well. I pray Gods grace and strength sustains you doing this grief process.

Nathan Konopka

September 25, 2020

Every time I think of Jim's passing I get melancholy all over again. So many years of great memories between Stan's and Duffy's. It was the sheer power of his personality and passion that made Duffy's such a welcoming place. He always made our band feel like we were truly a part of the Duffy's family. I always loved looking out from the stage and seeing his smile light up the room; I was looking forward to the day I would see it again -- almost like an approving father. My heart goes out to the Dieters family, the Duffy's family, and the many, many people his life has touched. The light of the world is a little dimmer without him.

With love,

Nathan Konopka

Stan Dickson

September 25, 2020

A very good person. He lived by the Golden Rule, cared deeply about his family and knew how to have a good time. Jim and I worked together in several businesses including Suburban Softball where 1,000 people would play softball each night, a driving range in Rochester Hills, a restaurant and softball complex in Lapeer and, of course, Stan's Dugout. My name may have been on the sign but he was the one everybody loved, including me.

Brian & Tina Marzolf

September 25, 2020

We are very sad to learn of Jim’s passing
:-( A great contributor to Auburn Hills non profits and schools, Jim always said “yes”. He helped out for every important cause... he made a difference and will always be remembered for his generosity to the community. We will miss your wonderful smile and spirit! We will keep your family in our hearts and prayers. RIP Jim!

Brian Cunningham

September 25, 2020

I know that I can speak for all of the members of the OU Baseball Team that played ball with Jimmy, that we will miss his smile and cheery nature. We in this special fraternity mourn his loss greatly, not only because he was one of our brothers, but because he was a truly good man. That makes the loss especially difficult. We all feel for his family and hope for God to ease your pain.

Armand & Valerie Blanchette

September 25, 2020

What a great man. We went way back to Stans Duggout during our softball days where our team would always go after our games. Jim would always make time to chat and make us feel welcome. We are so very sorry for this loss. Peace to his family!

Linda Kaarle

September 25, 2020

To the Deiters family and all those who were part of the Duffy's family. I'm am sorry for your loss. Life is not fair for this to happen. Although I have not been in or around Duffy's in some years I know Jim was a kind man and will be missed by many. My memories go back to when Stans dugout was open. Always a good time and sometimes crazy at Stans. .Jim was so nice to all who entered those doors. May God grant him peace.
Linda Kaarle

Rollie and Jeanette Douglas

September 25, 2020

Jim was such a special person. Always helping others. Can’t count how many benefits he hosted at Stans Dugout and Duffy’s Pub . He was one of the most genuine people Rollie and I know . We will miss his smiling face , words of wisdom, and the knocks on the back as he walked by you at the bar . He helped Rollie and I so many different ways . He told the most silliest jokes that made you laugh . So glad he was apart of our lives. We are better people for knowing him . His spirit will always be with us . Our prayers and support go out to the Dieters Family we’re here for all of you ! 💔

Lori Oresky

September 25, 2020

I am very sorry to hear about Jim’s passing. I have fond memories of Suburban Softball. Prayers and strength to his family.

FROM THE FAMILY

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