Paul I. Diehl, 97
formerly of Burtrum
Oct. 19, 1916 - May 28, 2014
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Monday, June 9, 2014 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Grey Eagle for Paul Diehl who died Wednesday, May 28 at Talahi Care Center in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Interment will be at St. John The Baptist Cemetery in Swanville with military honors by the Swanville American Legion Post 313 and the Swanville VFW Post 6037.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the church in Grey Eagle. Parish prayers will be at 7 p.m. Sunday evening at the church.
Paul Ignatius Diehl was born October 19, 1916 in Plain, Wisconsin to Albert and Cecelia (Hartl) Diehl. As a young adult, Paul worked as a ranch hand in South Dakota. It was after this that he moved to Minnesota where he soon met his future wife, Frances. On September 30, 1941 he was united in marriage to Frances Thieschafer at St. John The Baptist Catholic Church in Swanville. He later joined the United States Army and served during World War II in the Lightning Division and served in the Pacific Theatre. After being discharge from the military, he owned and operated a trucking company and then was employed by the United States Postal Service as a rural carrier in Burtrum, until he retired in 1974.
Paul enjoyed over-the-road truck driving, traveling, and going camping. It was during the years of traveling and camping that gave him the opportunity to meet new people and tell stories to anyone who would listen. Over the years, he owned several different camping vehicles; three of which he built himself. Paul and Frances wintered in the south for twenty-seven years. He was a member of the St Joseph's Catholic Church in Grey Eagle, T&M Rider's Saddle Club of Swanville, Swanville Lions and the Swanville American Legion Post 313.
Survivors include his children, Jim (Carol) Diehl of St. Augusta, Dick (Karen) Diehl of Fargo, Kathy Kath of Sauk Rapids, Don (Gail) Diehl of Darwin, and Sherry Leason of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; 15 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; and brother-in-law, Leo Loscheider of Little Falls.
Paul was preceded in death by his wife, Frances on March 21, 2010; parents; daughter, Pat Contreras; infant daughter; granddaughter, Monica Diehl; sister, Germaine Loscheider; sons-in-law, Walter Kath and Chuck Leason.
The family would like to thank the Talahi Care Center for the years of wonderful care.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the
Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services
418 South 5th Avenue East
Melrose, MN 56352
Published in the St. Cloud Times on June 4, 2014