Albert “Rich” Dietrich

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Albert “Rich” Richard Dietrich, 76, of Millstadt, IL, born April 15, 1947, in Belleville, IL, died Wednesday, March 20, 2024.

Rich was born to Albert Lester and Genevieve Leota, nee Benedict, Dietrich. He always had a desire to learn starting back with St. Luke Catholic Grade School, Cathedral H.S where he graduated as part of Althoff’s inaugural graduation class.  His education path continued on to BAC but was interrupted when called to serve his country and was drafted.

He joined the Navy following in his grandfather’s, uncle’s, and father’s long history of service to our county. After several naval tours globally and supporting the Vietnam conflict, he was honorably discharged in 1974.

Upon his return to Belleville, he started a beautiful family with his wife, Ann, and began a storied career with Union Electric (UE).  During his 37 years of service with UE he attended night school to earn his degree in chemical science. He worked his way up from janitor to electrician and finished his career as a senior chemical tester when he retired in December of 2011.

Rich’s commitment to being a father and husband stood second to none. He enjoyed attending all his children’s sporting and scholastic events.  As an avid outdoorsman he had a passion for nature and cherished sharing that love with his children and grandchildren.

In his later years, Rich started his own HVAC business. This fulfilled his insatiable appetite for connecting with people and learning.  No matter the time, day, or weather, he was always there in moment’s notice for friends and family when their heating or air conditioning went out.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his son, Mathew; a brother-in-law, John Ehret; and a nephew, James Cerneka.

He is survived by his children, Philip (Melissa), Christopher (Tara), Becca (Chad), and Bradley (Allison); and his loving grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.  Rich is also survived by siblings, Steve (Fran), Paul, Sister Jean Ehret, and Jack (Cindy).

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the “Salvation Army” in support of Veterans in need. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, 2024, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 27, 2024, at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO, with Msgr. William McGhee officiating.

Burial with full military honors will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.


16 Comments on Albert “Rich” Dietrich

Christine Strrnau said : Guest Report Apr 09, 2024 at 2:06 PM

Dear Ann and Family…. Many good memories at St As with you Rich and your children. Please accept our condolences!

  • Belleville
  • Il
Mary Ann Mills said : Guest Report Mar 29, 2024 at 9:22 AM

Dear Ann , my family and I send our love and prayers to you yours . Grew up with both of you . You will be in my Thoughts in the coming year?

  • San Francisco
  • Ca.
Rickey lugge said : Guest Report Mar 28, 2024 at 10:17 PM

So sorry for your loss prayers for the family great family

  • Bellevilleso
  • Illinois
Bob Dehler said : Guest Report Mar 27, 2024 at 3:22 PM

I just read about Rich. There wasn't a nicer guy. Condolences to your family. Grade school sports were great memories with our son Cory and Brad.

  • Big Sandy
  • Tennessee
Dianne & John said : Guest Report Mar 25, 2024 at 8:52 PM

Dear Ann, we send our deepest condolences to you & your entire family. Rich was such a friendly, giving man. We know he will be missed & remembered by so many. Love, Dianne & John

  • Imperial
  • Missouri
Tonya Acred said : Guest Report Mar 25, 2024 at 9:58 AM

Dear Chris, We are so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Selmer
  • TN
Ena Hayden - MoDOT said : Guest Report Mar 25, 2024 at 7:33 AM

Phil, My prayers are with you and your family during this time. Your father HAD to be a great man, because of the man that you show daily. May God comfort and keep you all. Be Blessed, Ena M. Hayden - MoDOT

  • Missouri
Beth Oesterle said : Guest Report Mar 24, 2024 at 6:56 PM

Mick and I loved being neighbors with you and Rich. You and he were wonderful parents and good examples for all of us.

  • Georgia
Bill & Edie Prost said : Guest Report Mar 23, 2024 at 9:29 PM

Our condolences and prayers are with the Dietrich family. Will always remember the many good times we shared in the St Luke’s neighborhood-biking, playing basketball, “combat” basketball, snow sledding, adventuring down in the woods, swimming over at the city pool, etc. May the Lord God give you peace in this difficult time.

  • Platte City
  • MO
Jerry gaa said : Guest Report Mar 23, 2024 at 8:57 PM

Great guy loved when he came to fix my air are heat . Lot of talking and visiting. Good friend.

  • Belleville
  • Il.
Ted Hoeffken said : Guest Report Mar 23, 2024 at 7:22 PM

goodby Al Richard a good friend in our younger years

  • O'Fallon
  • IL
Cathy & Dale Hines said : Guest Report Mar 23, 2024 at 5:29 PM

Ann, So sorry for your loss.... Sending love and prayers for you and your family

  • Millstadt
  • Il
Dennis and Debbie Mernick said : Guest Report Mar 23, 2024 at 1:54 PM

Dear Chris, Dennis and I send our deepest condolences to you and your family! You have your dad’s great smile. ❤️🙏

  • Swansea
  • IL
Douglas Yocks said : Guest Report Mar 23, 2024 at 1:00 PM

Rich had a likable personality and was very friendly. Condolences.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Tom Budde said : Guest Report Mar 23, 2024 at 11:54 AM

Prayers for the Dietrich family. Will always remember Rich in St Luke CYO. Tom and Mary Budde

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Dick and Sue Beelman said : Guest Report Mar 23, 2024 at 8:40 AM

Ann, So sorry to hear of Rich’s passing! We always enjoyed talking with the two of you. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers!

  • Alamo
  • Texas

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