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MINOT, N.D. — Louis F. Dietrich, 87, of Minot, formerly of Wolf Point, Mont., died Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012, in a Minot hospital.

Louis Dietrich was born on May 11, 1924, the son of Frank and Katherine (Karston) Dietrich in Plentywood, Mont. He was raised on the family homestead northwest of town. He farmed and ranched with his dad while finishing high school.

On Nov. 22, 1947, he married Barbara Smith at the local Catholic Church. In 1952, he had the opportunity to purchase the Farmers Union Insurance Agency and moved his family to Wolf Point. The small agency files fit into an apple box and grew into the largest producing agency in the company. He was best known for his integrity and honesty.

Louis and Barbara enjoyed traveling extensively throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. They created family memories by winter snowmobiling, summer fishing trips to Canada and Wagon Train ventures in Montana.

Louis was well known for his love of horses. His approach was simple: be gentle and earn their trust.

In 2005, they moved to Minot to be closer to their children. His Catholic faith and strong family values were the most important things in his life. Louis made the world a better place one person at a time.

"The best things in life are baby colts, grandkids and country music." Grandpa Louie

Those who shared his life: Children: Dallas (Mary) Dietrich, Keystone, S.D., Debra Dietrich, San Francisco, Calif., Lu (Dean) Simensen, Minot, N.D., Lynette (Kenn) Simensen, Minot, N.D. Four grandchildren: Beau (Becky) Simensen, KaDee Simensen, Taylor (Brock) Simensen Mikkelson, all of Minot and Jordan Simensen, Oakland, Calif. Great-great grandchildren: Luke Simensen.

Louis was preceded in death by his wife Barbara; parents and siblings: Howard, Ray, Ralph, Earl, Beatrice, Toni; and grandchildren Dawn (Dietrich) and Joey Krutzky and Deric Dietrich.

Visitation: Tuesday, Jan. 31, from noon until 7 p.m. at the Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot, N.D.

Funeral Service: Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 11 am at the Thompson-Larson Funeral Chapel, Minot. Burial: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot

Memorials are preferred to Meeting the Need, 13380 Greyhound Gulch Road, Keystone, SD 55751 -

Immediately following the graveside service, family and friends are invited to celebrate his life in the Community Room at Brentmoore Assisted Living located at 3515 10th Street SW.

The Dietrich family would like to thank everyone for the many acts of kindness, especially the staff at Brentmoore and the nurses who cared for him. Your thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated and will never be forgotten.


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