Ronnie Deitz


Ronnie W. Deitz, 60, of Sylva went home to be with the Lord, Thursday Aug. 1, 2019.

A native and lifelong resident of Jackson County, he was the son of the late John Ford and Dorothy Deitz.

Ronnie retired from Western Carolina University after 30 years of service with the grounds-keeping staff. He was a volunteer host for the Forest Service at the ATV riding area at Wayehutta.

In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by his brothers, Larry Anders and Johnny Deitz.

He is survived by his soulmate, Ellavee Gordon; son, Joshua Deitz (Carla) of Sylva; daughter, Chassie Deitz-Selouane (Hicham) of Orlando, Fla.; granddaughters, Nora Aziza and Jessica; grandson, Jared; brothers, Glen Deitz (Doris) and Mike Anders (Wanda), both of Sylva; sisters, LaRae Hooper (Randall) of Cullowhee and Ann Melton (Phillip) of Sylva. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Services will be private

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