Jim Ditenhafer

September 15, 1952May 2, 2019

Jim Ditenhafer, age 66 of Nashville, Tennessee, passed away Thursday, May 2, 2019.

He is preceded in death by his parents, George Roger Ditenhafer Jr. and Grace L. Noonan, and sister, Georgann Ditenhafer.

Jim is survived by his wife, Paula Milton; sisters, Grace Ditenhafer and Glorian McGuire; and loving brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws, nieces, and nephews.

In the span of Jim’s career, he began as a performer and worked his way to executive entertainment producer. He retired from Opryland as an entertainment producer after 30+ years of service. He enjoyed the outdoors, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Memorial contributions in Jim’s name may be made to Boy Scouts of America Middle Tennessee Council, P.O. Box 150409, 3414 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, Tennessee 37215.


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Mike Clepper

May 16, 2019

Jim, Jonny Scruggs and I formed a trio in grade school and played at spaghetti suppers etc. Jim was the only one with true talent and it translated into life with his featured spot at our hs talent show, Purdue Glee Club and of course Opryland. He was a trusted, loyal, lifelong friend to me and so many others and will be greatly missed. My heart goes out to Paula and his family. Rest In Peace, brother.

Phil Marshall

May 15, 2019

I just want to say good bye to my brother. There is too much to say but I remember the last thing I said to him was that I loved him.

George Brazo Barry

May 9, 2019

OK, Penny, since you wrote, I also have many Memories with Jim going back to Grade School and Boy Scouts. Yes, Jim was always avoiding his Dad who was Scout Master. He had the best top 10 list, "How to be mischievous and not get caught". But he was the one who first got me on stage with him, Pat and Cheryl to sing in a Ryan Talent Show. Now my Children want to get me off stage. He motivated us and challenged us at the same time.

Penny Templeton Richardson

May 6, 2019

I have very fond memories of Jim while we were in high school. I went to St. Cecilia and he was a friend of my boyfriend at the time (Kevin Lenahan). Jim was tall and lanky and had a beautiful voice. One of their jokes was to say, "Oh, you got a hair cut" and the other person would say, "No, I got them all cute"! I'm not sure why that silly jokes sticks with me.
Sincere condolences to the family.

Lloyd Wells

May 6, 2019

To Paula and Jim's family....from Lloyd, Louise, Lauren, and Tre ...
We're all so sorry.

Randy Johnson

May 5, 2019

Jim was an extraordinary man. He was as real as one could get. The work we did together helped shape the course of my career and I am grateful to him forever. Rest In Peace my friend. You made a difference in all of our lives.

Randy Johnson

Dean Dragonetti

May 4, 2019

I had the pleasure of working with Jim during my years as an engineer at Opryland. Jim was incredibly generous and gave me many opportunities to grow professionally. He opened his home to many Opryland employees, musicians, performers and song writers.
He was very supportive to many in the music industry and instrumental in keeping many of us working. Thank you Jim.

Ronnie Brooks

May 4, 2019

I haven't seen Jim much since I left Opryland, but he remains one of my brothers from that period. We had the opportunity to entertain a lot of people, performing several summers together in the '50s shows, but I don't think anyone in the audience had more fun than we did—on and off stage. I'm grateful for his friendship, his support (he was one of my advocates at the park), and for the many wonderful memories. My condolences to Paula and his family.