Chapel of Memories


James Ralph Deitrick

March 27, 1947March 21, 2021

James (Jim) R. Deitrick, 73, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 21, 2021 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Jim was born on March 27, 1947 in Defiance, Ohio to Richard Deitrick and Betty (Weisenburger) Deitrick (Kuyers). He was raised in Defiance, Ohio and attended Defiance High School graduating in 1965. After graduating Jim served in the United States Army from 1966 to 1968.

Jim married his high-school sweetheart, Barbara (Barb) A. Van Wagner, 54 years ago in 1966. Jim and Barb were blessed with the births of their children, Connie (Denny) Roddy of Defiance, Ohio and Steve (Leslie) Deitrick of Falcon, Colorado.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers Dave and Mike (Kelly) Deitrick. Jim leaves behind, to cherish his memory, his devoted wife, Barb Deitrick; loving children, Connie (Denny) Roddy and Steve (Leslie) Deitrick; grandchildren, Courtney (Alec) Morefield and Taylor (Mac Guinn) Deitrick; brother, John (Leigh) Deitrick; sister, Kelly Kuyers as well as many wonderful aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Jim worked at General Motors in Defiance, Ohio for 25 years retiring in 1996. Jim loved the Lord and led a life devoted in service to Jesus while holding dear his family and many cherished friends. In retirement, Jim and Barb served as European Mission Directors for AWANA Ministry in Germany from 1996 to 2001 before moving to Colorado Springs, Colorado. Jim was an active member of Vista Grande Baptist Church serving in a number of capacities since 2001. He also was an ordained minister and served the Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak community as part of the Dignity Memorial Service team whether it was officiating services, directing services, or helping out in any other way needed. Jim’s lifetime of service impacted many over the years.

There will be no visitation due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. A memorial service is planned for 1pm on Saturday, March 27th at Vista Grande Baptist Church (5680 Stetson Hills Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80917). Pastor Dr. Chris Moore will officiate.

The family respectfully requests that all COVID precautions and guidelines are maintained during the memorial services to include masks, social distancing, and limited physical contact due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado ( or the AWANA Ministry (

Dignity Memorial in Colorado Springs has been entrusted with the funeral and memorial service arrangements. Online condolences for Jim’s family can be offered at .


  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, March 27, 2021


  • Private Committal Service

    Saturday, March 27, 2021


James Ralph Deitrick

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Rosanna Tullio-Kwiatkowski

March 30, 2021

May God and the caring love and thoughts from others help you all through this difficult time of sorrow. Wishing you strength and sending you prayers of peace and comfort. Cherish the memories you shared.

Diane Kennedy

March 29, 2021

Dear Barb, Connie, Steve and the entire Deitrick family,

There are too many cherished memories to pick just one. Awana at First Baptist, Sunday School, Camp Cobeac and the friendship we had.
My deepest sympathies to you all. Jim will always be remembered with great fondness.

Love to all, Diane

Paul Andres

March 27, 2021

Jim - In my time of need, I reached out to you seeking comfort; and like an angel, you touched my heart and lessened the pain. For that, I will forever be grateful. Thank you and God bless.

Ray & Kaye Van Wagner

March 27, 2021

Jim’s Journey Has Just Begun
We don’t think of Jim as being gone away,
His Journey’s just begun. Life holds so many facets this earth is only one.
Just think of Jim as resting from sorrow and the tears in a place of warmth and comfort where there are no days or years.
Think of how we must be wishing that we could know today how nothing but our sadness can really pass away.
And think of Jim as living in the Hearts of those He touched for nothing Loved is ever lost and Jim was Loved So Much !

Jackie Whitehorn

March 27, 2021

I neglected to share the memory of Jim that DeWight and I will forever miss, especially during college football season. DeWight and Jim would joke about their college team’s rivalry. DeWight would get our Iowa Hawkeyes flag to hang up on our house. He’d always look over at Jim’s house to see if Jim had his Ohio State flag out yet. College football season will never be the same without Jim’s Ohio State flag flying high at Jim’s house.

DeWight and Jackie Whitehorn

Jackie Whitehorn

March 27, 2021

DeWight and I are very saddened to hear of Jim’s passing. We have been neighbors for years. Jim and Barb have been such a blessing to our neighborhood, such kind, loving people. DeWight worked with Steve at Oracle Corp and Jim and DeWight enjoyed many conversations about life at Oracle, along with numerous other conversations. One of my favorite memories is of Jim coming over to our house to show us his CPAP mask because he wanted DeWight to see a different one that might be more comfortable. Jim officiated a memorial service for a teacher, I had known well from subbing often at her school. Jim’s love of the Lord and his love and care for others helped all of us struggling with her loss.

Our neighborhood will never be the same again. We are so heartbroken and sad. We do rejoice knowing Heaven has gained such a kind, loving man. Love and prayers to Jim’s entire family.

DeWight and Jackie Whitehorn

Jimmy Harvey

March 27, 2021

I worked with Jim for several years and we became best friends I will miss him dearly I know he is in heaven and I will see him again when I make that trip . I'm praying for his family .God bless all of them . Jimmy

Melody Liu

March 26, 2021

Life is but a stopping place,
A pause in what's to be,
A resting place along the road,
to sweet eternity.

Our destination is a place,
Far greater than we know.
For some the journey's quicker,
For some the journey's slow.
And when the journey finally ends,
We'll claim a great reward,
And find an everlasting peace,
Together with the lord.

May God's love and mercy comfort you and your family.

Cara Cordes

March 25, 2021

Jim was my cousin...He was always in my life,although older,growing up.I always enjoyed family time as our family hung out together ALL THE TIME growing up in the 60's&70' thing in particular that really stands out&meant so very much to me was when my mom Sandy fought brain cancer for over 2yrs&died...Jim&Barb both were a REAL STRENGTH to me during that time.Iwill NEVER forget all that they both did to help me at that very difficult&sad time in my life.I love them both for that~> I have absolutely NO DOUBT my CUZ I'd with the Creator God&Jesus& that our family who is there as well welcomed him home~>

Susan Sanders

March 25, 2021

Just sending our condolence on Jim's passing, I am a 1st cousin of Barb's, our mother's were sister's . Again sorry to hear of Jim's passing.