FELTON Elwood C. Diehl, 86, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 24, 2012, at 2:35 p.m. at Shrewsbury Lutheran Retirement Village. He was the husband of Helen V. (McDonald) Diehl of Felton. The couple would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on August 12, 2012. Born in North Hopewell Twp., on April 15, 1926, he was the son of the late Ervin P. and Florence E. (Leese) Diehl. He was a self-employed life long farmer on the family farm. He retired as a tax accountant from the Pennsylvania Farm Management Service, having served farmers mostly in York and Lancaster counties. Elwood was a past member of the York County Farmers Forum. He was a former member of the York County Finance Committee with the Farmers Home Administration. He held membership with the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau. Elwood was a volunteer for several years with the York County Area Agency on Aging. He was recognized as the volunteer for the month in June 2002. He served previously on the Winterstown Zoning and Hearing Board. Elwood served two years as a member of the Nike Guided Missile Unit during the Korean War. He was a 1943 graduate of Red Lion High School and held an associate degree from the former Thompson's Business Institute. He had taken special courses at Penn State University. Elwood enjoyed traveling, music, especially the Big Bands, gardening and spending time with family and friends. In younger days, he played trumpet with the Spring Garden Dance Band. Being an active member of St. John (Sadler's) Lutheran Church was an integral part of his life. He was a former member of the church council and had served on various committees. In addition to his wife, he leaves a son, Gregory A. Diehl of Felton and his wife, Nettie; a daughter, Rebecca J. Phillips of Swedesboro, N.J.; and husband Alan; three grandchildren, Matthew Diehl, Jessica Phillips and Jason Phillips; a sister, Dorothy D. Cox of Harford County, Md.; and three nieces. He was preceded in death by a brother, Vernon P. Diehl; a nephew and an infant son, William Clark Diehl. There will be no viewing. Family and friends are invited to extend their condolences on Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m. at St. John (Sadler's) Lutheran Church, 2916 Sadler's Church Road, Stewartstown. Burg Funeral Home, Inc., 134 W. Broadway, Red Lion, will be handling the arrangements. A Celebration of Life Service will begin at 11 a.m. on Thursday at the church, with his pastor, the Rev. E. Gordon Ross, officiating. Burial will be in Sadler's St. John's Lutheran Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers, contributions may be offered to St. John (Sadler's) Lutheran Church, 2916 Sadler's Church Road, P.O. Box 189, Stewartstown, PA 17363. Online condolences at www.BurgFuneralHome.com
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Published in York Daily Record & York Dispatch on June 26, 2012