The funeral for Master Sgt. Justin Raye Diel, U.S. Air Force, age 39, will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at Central Christian Church in Enid. The Rev. Don Johnson and the Rev. Col. Gordan Jantz, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), will officiate. A private burial will be at Karoma Cemetery, Goltry. A memorial service will be held at Hurlburt Field, Fla., in the Hurlburt Chapel at 2 p.m. March 8.
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Justin was born May 31, 1973, to Jimmy Raye Diel and Cathie Lea Thornburgh Whipkey in Enid, Okla. Justin died Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, in Navarre, Fla.
Upon completing graduation from Helena-Goltry High School in 1991, Justin entered the United States Air Force in 1992. He married Natalie Lucretia Diel on Sept. 29, 2006, in Navarre, Fla.
Master Sgt. Justin Diel was an Aerial Gunner on MH-53 Helicopters and AC-130U Gunship. Justin retired from Hurlburt Field, Fla., in 2012.
Surviving are his wife, Natalie of Navarre, Fla.; and their children, Brianna Renee' Diel and Savannah Rose Diel; his parents, Jimmy Raye Diel and wife, Judy of Drummond; Cathie Lea Whipkey and husband, Harold, of Higgins, Texas; his sisters, Casie Lea Brownlee and husband, Kyle, of Enid, Okla.; Kristina Ann Redman and husband, Nathan, of Edmond, Okla.; Kimberly Dawn Scrogin and husband, Chris, of Corning, Ark.; step-brothers, Ron Whipkey of Kingston, Okla., and Roger Whipkey of Lubbock, Texas; step-sister, Makayla Booze of Enid; grandmother, Irene Harguess of Enid.
Justin was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ivan Diel, D.L. Harguess, Berniece Thornburgh, and Lavern Thornburgh.
Pallbearers – U.S. Air Force Honor Guard.
Honorary Pallbearers - Eric Card, Chad Grebb, Jim Gerhart, Steven Foust, and Mike Jenson.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Wymer Brownlee, Diel Scholarship Fund, 110 N. Independence Enid, OK 73701.
Faith Chapel Funeral Home South, 100 Beverly Parkway, Pensacola, Fla., is in charge of arrangements. You may express your condolences online at www.fcfhs.com.
Published Online in Northwest Florida Daily News on Mar. 3, 2013