Born Feb. 6, 1912, in Crowder, Mo., son of the late Alfred and Effie Keene Ditto, he served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1942-1945 on the U.S.S. WASP and was a member of the Admiral Halsey's Third Fleet. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Kennett, past president of the Lions Club of Kennett, where he was an active member until he was disabled. He was an establisher and developer of cemeteries and was owner of Dunklin County Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Kennett for many years. He was active in the National Cemetery Association. He was an avid "Bird Dog" and "Horse" Man, raised bird dogs for National Field Trial Competitions, participated in the Field Trials and rode his own horses. He was a leader in community affairs, industry, etc.
In 1949, in St. Louis, Mo., he married Lillian Rhea Long, who survives.
Survivors also include two nephews, Johnny W. Ditto, of Sikeston, Mo., and Jim Hollowell, of Jackson, Tenn., and two nieces, Rosetta Hollowell, of Jackson and Vera Marcum, of Walls, Miss.
He was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters in infancy.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. today, Tuesday, Aug. 29, at the Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Kennett with the Rev. Charles James officiating.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, 300 St. Francis, Kennett, Mo. 63857 or National Health Care in Kennett, P.O. Box 696, Kennett, Mo. 63857.
McDaniel Funeral Home of Kennett was in charge of arrangements.