Robert Paul "Bob" Diehl, 85, of Marysville, formerly of Columbus, died peacefully Saturday (March 1, 2014) at his home surrounded by his loving family.
He retired in 1990 from Conrail after 44 years with the railroad. He began his career in Cuyahoga Falls as a trackman with the Pennsylvania Railroad. He became a foreman at the age of 18 and served in supervisory positions during his career, retiring as communication and signal engineer. As he was promoted through the years, he and his family resided in Ohio at Cambridge, Caldwell, Canton and Columbus, in Corry and Conway, Pennsylvania and Charleston, West Virginia. He was a veteran of the United States Army and served in Germany as 1st Sergeant during the Korean War. He was a life member of Marietta VFW Post 5108 and was a 60-year member of American Legion Post 64 in Marietta. He participated on Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. this past September. He was a member and Past Master of Marietta Lodge No. 390 F & AM, Scottish Rite Valley of Columbus, Aladdin Shrine and Union County Shrine Club. He was Past Patron of Order of Eastern Star, Aurelius Chapter No. 60 in Macksburg, and a member of Past Masters Unit of Aladdin Shrine, Columbus. He was a member of Northwest United Methodist Church in Upper Arlington. He proudly served as a "red coat" usher at Ohio Stadium for 18 years. A 1946 graduate of Macksburg High School, he enjoyed playing softball and basketball. During his retirement, he handcrafted silver and turquoise jewelry and designed creative lights and furniture. He will be remembered as a devoted husband, a dedicated family man and a fun-loving friend.
He was born June 5, 1928, in Macksburg, to the late John R. and Charlotte Dyer Diehl and was also predeceased by two brothers, John R. and James N. Diehl; his brothers-and sister-in-law, Daniel Farley, Vera Eileen and John McCreery, Donna Day, Glenna Diehl and Nathan R. Cunningham.
He is survived by his "bride" of 62 years, Norma I. Farley Diehl, whom he married April 3, 1951 at Macksburg United Methodist Church; two daughters, Linda Diehl of Marysville and Lana (Matt) Cunningham of Marysville; two grandsons, Jason (Tony Slocum) Hechesky of Columbus and Joseph Cunningham of Marysville; a brother-in-law, Neil (Vella) Day of Cambridge; and a sister-in-law, Gloria Farley; several friends nieces and nephews; and many, including his "back pew" church buddies.
The family will receive friends 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Underwood Funeral Home in Marysville, where a memorial gathering and Masonic services will be held following the calling hours. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Macksburg United Methodist Church in Macksburg. The Rev. Mebane McMahon will officiate. Burial and military honors will follow in Lower Salem Cemetery, just south of Macksburg on Old Route 21.
Memorial contributions may be made to Macksburg United Methodist Church.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.