Philip L. Dittrich
Philip L. Dittrich Sr., 81, of Mercer, passed away at his residence Wednesday morning (March 25, 2020).
Philip was born in Pittsburgh on Jan. 19, 1939, to Theodore P. and Dorothy L. (Lackey) Dittrich.
Philip was a retired Navy chief petty officer.
He worked at the Mercer County Jail and then at the State Regional Correctional Facility in Mercer where he retired as a captain.
He was a member of the American Legion in Mercer and a lifetime member of the Reynolds Veterans of Foreign Wars in Transfer.
He married Carol N. Szura on Sept. 19, 1959. Together they had six children who survive: Cheryl Dittrich, Mercer; Sharon (Kevin) Neely, Mercer; Karen Ibrahim, Pittsburgh; Philip Dittrich, Mercer; Rebecca (Michael) Forrester, Mercer; and Michael (Shannon) Dittrich of Arnold, Md.
Phil is also survived by: several grandchildren; and three brothers, Theodore (Kathy) Dittrich, Grove City, John Dittrich, Mercer, and Edward (Sharon) Dittrich, Jackson Center.
Philip was preceded in death by: his parents; wife; sister, Diane Hillier, Flin Flon, Manitoba; and a son, Jason Michael Dittrich, who passed in 1977.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Vietnam Veterans of America at

Philip L. Sr., 81, of Mercer.
Due to the unfortunate health crisis within the country, there will be no public services. Military honors will be held at a later date to abide by the current CDC guidelines.
Arrangements by CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME Inc., 144 S. Pitt St., Mercer.
Published on March 26, 2020


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Apr 03, 2020
Sorry about his passing. You raised a great son! You were strong and intimating in a good way. RIP
Olivia Randall
Mar 31, 2020
May you finally Rest In Peace Big Phil! You were such a cutie and a nice man. A man who always tried to do the right thing.
Kelly McDonald
Mar 31, 2020
I am so sorry about Big Phil passing. I always enjoyed when Jr and you came up to Erie! The way you two were not just father and son, you were best friends. Jr. I know how much Big Phil appreciated everything you did for him. Please don't be a stranger! R.I.P. Big Phil.
MCPO Kent C. Von Fecht, USN (Ret.)
Mar 31, 2020
Chief Dittrich and I served together in Attack Squadron Thirty Five in the early seventies. He was a great shipmate and I shall miss him. My sincere condolences to the family.
Tonya Russell
Mar 30, 2020
Prayers go out to you Becky and your family. I saw how close you and your father were and enjoyed meeting him several times. I will continue to pray for your healing and that your heart heals. As we spoke on the phone, I know that your heart is heavy and that you are struggling. You are a very strong person with her head on straight. Your father loved that about you. Keep looking up and know your faith in the almighty will see you through.
Karen Williams Ibrahim
Mar 28, 2020
My condolences to my sister in-law Karen and her family. May God bless you
Jack & Dotty Atcheson
Mar 28, 2020
Enjoyed working with Phil. Deepest Sympathy to the family.
Bob and Vicki Palmer
Mar 27, 2020
Phil was a man that we greatly admired, who had a quiet strength and was always happy and pleasant to be around. Rest in peace.
Bob and Vicki Palmer
Mar 27, 2020
Phil was a man that we greatly admired, who had a quiet strength and was always happy and pleasant to be around. Rest in peace.
Steve Mattocks
Mar 27, 2020
Sorry to hear of Phil's passing. I am honored to of met and gotten to know him. My deepest sympathies.
Wayne Logue
Mar 27, 2020
Spent many an hour talking with Phil at SRCFM. Great guy and family man. My sincerest condolences to the family.