Dieter  Lichtenberger
Dieter Lichtenberger

May 17, 1940 - December 25, 2020
Born in Yugoslavia
Resided in Windsor Heights, IA
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Dieter Lichtenberger, 80, of Windsor Heights, Iowa, died peacefully at home on December 25, 2020 after a hard-fought battle with cancer.

Dieter was born to Hella and Andreas Lichtenberger in Yugoslavia and was the middle of three brothers. He lived in Austria until age 9 and immigrated to the United States with his family in 1950. His family came to New York City and spent several months there before being sponsored for their move to Des Moines. He lived there the rest of his life. Despite knowing no English when they arrived in the US, Dieter graduated from Roosevelt High School in January 1959 and was President of his Class. He went on to study math at Drake University and graduated with Bachelor of Science in 1966.

Dieter was the founder and proud owner of Advanced Lighting Company for over 40 years, where he not only sold lighting fixtures, but also cultivated friendships and provided career opportunities for the many people who worked for him. When his retirement began in 2010, he enjoyed gardening, boating, reading, remodeling, antiquing, and being with friends. He loved traveling between his Iowa lake houses where he would fish, boat, and spend time with friends and family who came to visit. He enjoyed buying houses and transforming them into something so beautiful with his incredible vision that most people couldn't imagine was possible.

Dieter's passion for the water also led him to enjoy spending time nearby his oldest brother in Florida where he would escape the Iowa winter weather by spending time on the St. Lucie River and at Stuart Beach. In his travels, he developed long-lasting friendships across the country. Every winter, Dieter would start his heirloom tomatoes from seed in Florida and drive the plants back to Iowa in a camper he bought in part so the tomato plants had enough room. His tomato legacy will live on, as his family sent seeds all over the country this winter. Feel free to reach out if you would like to be a part of the tomato legacy by planting some seeds yourself.

Dieter is survived by his two brothers, H. William Lichtenberger (Patricia) and Herbert Lichtenberger (Vera); his two children, Laurie McDowell (Andy) and Mike Lichtenberger (Liz); and four granddaughters: Madeline McDowell, Olivia McDowell, Hannah Lichtenberger, and Lauren Lichtenberger. He was preceded in death by his parents Hella and Andreas Lichtenberger.

Due to COVID restrictions, there will be no memorial service at this time. The family is hoping to host a celebration of life next summer. In memory of Dieter, charitable contributions may be directed to the Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach, Florida ( or the Food Bank of Iowa (




Funeral Home
Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322