September 25, 2017

Howard J. Diehl

Died Sept. 3, 2017

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Howard J. Diehl, 93, of Lupton passed away at his home Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017, with his children by his side.

He was born July 25, 1924, to Nellie (Grenier) and Harold Diehl in Hunter Creek. He had an adventurous soul, leaving school at the age of 14, traveling around the states, living on the “bum” as he called it. When Howard turned 17, he joined the Conservation Corps and served in Upper Michigan. He enlisted in the Army at the age of 17 and was stationed in England during World War II as a medic. After his discharge in 1947, he met his wife of 56 years, Helen Iva Mogg. They were married Feb. 14, 1948. He worked at Buick in Flint for several years, and then moved to Selkirk, where he bought his Grandpa Grenier’s family farm. Farming was his true love but he worked many other jobs to make ends meet. In 1989, he sold his farm to his son and daughter-in-law, Ron and Lisa Diehl, and moved to his present home on Williams Lake, but he was always available to give his friendly advice on farming. Howard and Helen traveled during the winters to Arizona and Florida for many years, making great memories with family and friends.

He enjoyed listening to country music, spending time with family and friends and dancing. He had his own special dance steps known as the Howie Diehl Shuffle. He also had a great sense of humor.

Howard is survived by his daughters, Kathy (Ken) Moorhouse and Norma (Steve) Pennington; sons, Steve (Ginger) Diehl, Scott (BilliJo) Diehl and Ron (Lisa) Diehl. He was blessed with 16 grandchildren, Lisa Opperman, Monica Hollars, Andrea Chupa, Stacey Kartes, Jill Diehl, Stevie Diehl, Jody Dantzer, Mike Anderson, Brandan Pennington, Jason Pennington, Jessica Gilbert, Cody Diehl, Zack Diehl, Jorie Diehl, Brandon Diehl and Josie Diehl; 31 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and his special friend, Ida Peter.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen; brother, John Diehl; granddaughter, Nicole Taylor Diehl; and great-grandchildren, Taylor Diehl and Arika Dantzer.

Per Howard’s wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be a celebration of life on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, at 1 p.m. at Logan Township Hall in Prescott with a luncheon to follow. Memorial contributions can be made to Compassus hospice.

Arrangements were handled by Steuernol & McLaren Funeral Home in West Branch. Online condolences can be shared at www.steuernolmclaren.com.

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