Hampton, NH — Robert M. Diltz, 91, of Hampton, N.H., formerly of Hampton Falls, passed away June 10, 2013, at Langdon Place of Exeter.
He was born May 9, 1922, in Franklinville, N.Y., a son of the late Fred and Flora B. (Oyer) Diltz.
He graduated from Ten Broeck Academy in Franklinville and received his bachelor’s degree from Boston College. He was a veteran of WWII, serving as a submariner and was in the Special Forces of the U.S. Navy.
In his earlier years, he started a career in insurance sales. He later became an automobile sales representative, and went on to purchase a Ford dealership franchise. He owned and operated Diltz Ford Sales in Salem, N.H., from 1955 to 1974. During his tenure as a dealership owner, he also loved racing. He raced Maseratis and Lamborghinis for Molson Canadian, out of Quebec, Canada. Exotic cars became his must-have at that point, and he owned and drove most every kind of automobile in that category.
His hobbies also included boating, golfing, and riding his tractor around the yard. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and teaching them the importance of hard work, as well as the value of enjoying life.
In 1975, Bob decided it was time to move on to the hospitality business, purchasing a hotel in Campton, known as The King’s Court Inn. Later, in 1979, he purchased The Mountain View House, now known as The Mountain View Grand in Whitefield. He owned and operated both hotels, Mt. View until 1985, and King’s Court until 1989. He continued in the hospitality industry as a consultant and as a director of the N.H. Hospitality Association.
Bob was one of the original charter members of the Derry-Salem Elks Lodge #2226. He was initiated into the lodge on May 24, 1961, and on December 4, 1991, he was awarded life membership. He was also a lifetime member of The Silent Service (Submarine) since WWII, VFW Post 661 of Portland, Ore., a national member of the American Legion, and a member of the Historical Foundation of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.
He was the beloved husband of Ann (Lucas) Diltz for 34 years.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by the following children who loved him dearly, Rev. Jon E. Ryan and his wife, Lisa, of New Knoxville, Ohio, Christopher R. Ryan, of Phoenix, Ariz., Thomas R. Ryan, of Milwaukee, Wis., JanEllen Ryan, of Epping, Mary B. Voltz, of Lee, and Joanne Rivard, of Greenfield, Mass. He was a loving Pepere to 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, and also leaves two cousins, Shirley Sullivan and Dorothy Morrison, both of New York, and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his daughter, Kim M. Cowan, his son, Jonathan Diltz, and his brother, Kenneth Diltz.
ARRANGEMENTS: Visiting hours will be from 5 to 9 p.m., Friday, June 21, at the Remick & Gendron Funeral-Crematory, 811 Lafayette Road, Hampton. Services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 22, in the funeral home. Burial will follow in the West View Cemetery, Hampton Falls. The family requests that flowers please be omitted. If desired, donations may be made to the Robert M. Diltz Scholarship Trust, P.O. Box 284, Hampton Falls, NH 03844. Please visit www.RemickGendron.com to view the memorial website, sign the tribute wall, or for directions.