(7-14-22) Just days before the 2022 Celina Lake Festival long-time committee member Jerry Deitsch passed away.

He is remembered by many of friends and colleagues on Facebook –

Monte Diegel

Celina and Mercer County lost a very good man today. For those of you who knew Jerry Deitsch , you will surely agree that Jerry was one of the kindest and calmest people you could ever know. I was very fortunate to have worked with Jerry on the Celina Lake Festival Committee for 25 plus years. Jerry’s dedication as part of the Lake Festival pageant committee and as long time Lake Festival treasurer was steller. Jerry also served Mercer County citizens as a deputy sheriff for many years. Thank you for all of you service to our community Jerry. We are all going to miss you Jerry. Rest in peace our dear friend.

Steve Wurster

I was Jerry’s vice chair for the Lakefest ’98, he took me in and was a fantastic mentor for many years when we were committee members together. Quiet, kind and always there, RIP Jerry job well done.

Deanna Boroff

You were a great man Jerry Deitsch and you will be missed by so many! I’ll miss our monthly chats about you leaving bank statements and bills at the office for me. I hope we can make you proud with the best pageant and Lake Festival from your new chair, the best seat in the house!

Obituary for Jerry D. Deitsch

Jerry D. Deitsch, age 83, of Celina, passed away on July 12, 2022 at Mercer Health in Coldwater. He was born March 16, 1939 in Rockford to the late Earl and Christianna (Weitz) Deitsch. On December 19, 1982 he married Deborah J. Hughes and she preceded him in death on March 18, 2009.

Survivors include a daughter, Tammy Reed, Greenville; a son Kurt Deitsch, St. Marys; two sisters, Glenna Deitsch, Celina and Kathy (Bud) Barker, North Carolina; four grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by a sister, Karen (Ralph) Stacher.

Jerry was a 1959 graduate of Celina High School. He retired from the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department in 2004 and prior to that he worked at Huffy Bicycle Corporation in Celina for 37 years.

He was a member of St. Paul’s Country Church of Rockford, Celina Masonic Lodge #241 for over 50 years, Dayton Scottish Rite, Antioch Shrine and was the director of the photo unit on the Shrine for over 50 years. He was also on the Lake Fest Committee for 40 years and served as the Grand Marshall in 2009.

A visitation and gathering of family and friends will take place on Friday, July 15, 2022 from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm at Cisco Funeral Home in Celina.

Funeral services will begin at 10:30 am on Saturday morning, July 16, 2022 at St. Paul’s Country Church, 1538 Oregon Rd., Rockford, Ohio, with Pastor Steve Howell officiating; where the family will receive friend one hour prior to the service at the Church.

Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Shriners Hospital for Children.

Cisco Funeral Homes of Celina & St. Marys are honored to care for Jerry and his family. To pay respects and to leave online condolences or memories, visit www.ciscofuneralhome.com or Cisco Funeral Home Facebook page.

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