June 5, 1925 – August 14, 2013
Robert E. Dittmer died on August 14, 2013. He was born June 5, 1925 in Chicago, Illinois. He grew up in Crown Point, Indiana and graduated from high school there. He went on to Ball State University and graduated from there in 1947.He was a well known and highly respected interior designer. He began his career at Marshall Field and Sears in Chicago and later came to DesMoines as Interior Design Editor at Meredith Publications, ultimately retiring from there as its Senior Interior Design editor. He then was one of the founders of Interiors, Ltd, a Des Moines interior design company and continued working there for another 20 years.
He was a longtime supporter of the arts, including the DesMoines, Symphony. He was preceded in death by his mother, Ruth Hart Dittmer, in 1964 and his father, Arthur Dittmer, in 1992. He is survived by his sister, Arlene (Evan) Gosser of Holiday Florida; two nephews, Rick (Jolynn) Gosser of Crown Point, Indiana and Loren (Tess) Gosser of Port Richie, Florida; three great nieces and one great nephew; as well as many friends and former business associates.
There will be a brief memorial service at the Chamberlain Mansion at Wesley Acres, in Des Moines, this Sunday, August 18 at 4:00 PM, followed by a reception there. Private interment at the family plot in Crown Point is pending.
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