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Walter Harry Dittrich

May 23, 2022 ~ May 26, 2022

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Walter Harry Dittrich of Shalimar, Florida, passed away on May 25, 2022, peacefully at home.

He was born in St Louis, Missouri on July 12, 1937. He obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering Physics from Washington University, St Louis, Missouri in 1959.  It was while at Washington University that he met his future wife Judith Underwood Dittrich.  He was an active member of Theta Xi Fraternity.

In 1959, he began his career at Eglin AFB, Florida as a Second Lieutenant and was assigned to the Weapons Laboratory of the Air Proving Ground Center.  In 1962, he became a Federal civil servant and concluded over 33 years of federal service with The United States Air Force, retiring on March 5th, 1993.  During his career he was instrumental in advanced weapons research including work on gun pods, hypervelocity weapons, and warhead research, providing technical advice for anti-tank and anti-radiation weapons. He then moved into long-range planning in both the Armament Laboratory and Deputy for Development Plans.  He retired as Director of Acquisition SETA Management and Program Manager of Technical Evaluation and Acquisition Management.

In retirement, he continued his love for woodworking and hunting.

He is preceded in death by his loving wife of 57 years, Judith Dittrich; by his parents, Elsa Dittrich and Walter H Dittrich of St. Louis, Missouri, and his brother Wayne V. Dittrich.  He is survived by his brother, Wallace F. Dittrich; daughter, Diane Marie Dittrich of Marietta, GA; son Walter H Dittrich II and his wife Lisa of Aurora, OH; grandchildren, Harold Benjamin Lewis and his wife Lauren Lewis and their children Carmella and Angelina Lewis of Lowellville, Ohio;   Nicholas Alexander Dittrich and wife Marissa of Willoughby Hills, Ohio;  Taylor Judith Dittrich of Willowick, Ohio and Skylar Elsa Dittrich of Aurora, Oh.

A visitation and remembrance will be held at Emerald Coast Funeral Home on Tuesday, May 31 from 2-4 p.m.

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May 31, 2022

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Emerald Coast Funeral Home
161 Racetrack Road North West
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547