Rilla Lynn (Bishop) Dietz, 70, of Russell, Kansas, died on Saturday, December 03, 2016, at the Russell Regional Hospital.

Rilla was born on June 15, 1946, in Russell, Kansas, the daughter of Harold and Francis (Morgenstern) Bishop.  She grew up in Russell, attended local schools and graduated from Russell High School in the class of 1964.  She met, fell in love and was united in marriage to LaVerne D. Dietz on August 26, 1985.  They were blessed with six children Angela, Eric, Perry, Dale, Grant and Ward.  She worked as a dental assistant for Dr. B.L. Schultz and Dr. Michael Jones both in Russell.  She was a longtime member of St. John Lutheran Church in Russell.  She enjoyed cooking, reading and singing in church.  She also enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Rilla is survived by her loving husband of 31 years, Laverne Dietz of the home, daughter Angela Schneider (Shawn) of Russell; sons Eric Pringle of Wichita, Kansas, Perry Dietz (Chris) of Hays, Kansas, Dale Dietz (Ronnie) of Colby, Kansas, Grant Dietz (Rachelle) of Lawson, Missouri, Ward Dietz (Sabrina) of Hutchinson, Kansas; brothers Tracy Bishop (Janet Lee) of Seattle, Washington and Hal Bishop (Sherry) of Fostoria, Ohio; sisters Myra Mitchel of Issaquah, Washington, Janet Toman of Camarillo, California and Teresa Joplin of Scottsdale, Arizona; 11 Grandchildren and 9 Great Grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

A celebration of Rilla's life will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Wednesday, December 07, 2016, at St. John Lutheran Church in Russell, Kansas, with Pastor Roger Dennis officiating.  Burial will follow at St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Russell.  Visitation will be from 9 A.M. to 8 P.M. on Tuesday, December 06, 2016, at the mortuary with Family greeting guests from 6 P.M. to 7 P.M. Tuesday evening.  Memorials may be given to St. John Lutheran Church and sent in care of the mortuary.  Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell, Kansas, is in charge of the funeral service arrangements.


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