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David "Pap" Diomedi

Ypsilanti, Michigan

1937 - 2021

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Diomedi, David "Pap" Ypsilanti, MI Age 83, passed away Friday, February 19, 2021 peacefully at home surrounded by family after a brief illness. David was born December 12, 1937 in Mingo Junction, OH, the son of Orin and Inez (Crisante) Diomedi. He served honorably in the U.S. Air Force. On July 25, 1964, he married Kathleen Zelenak in Grenada, MS and she survives. David retired from Ford Motor Company in April 2020. He was an avid golfer and a legend in the field of bowling. He will be remembered as a giant in the sport not only for his own personal accomplishments, including bowling his 17th perfect game at the age of 80, but also for his generosity, sharing his skill, wisdom, and humor in an effort to further the sport for others. In addition to his loving wife of 56 years, survivors include: his children, Lisa Geminick (Dan), Gina Diomedi (John Henning), and David Diomedi Jr. (Jen Wroblewski); grandchildren, Chelsey, India, Nate, Aiden, Tom, and Nina; great grandchildren, Ainsley, Colin, and Brielle; siblings, Orin Diomedi Jr., Dianne Wilkerson, and Allen Diomedi; many nieces, nephews, and cousins; and numerous friends whom he loved dearly. He was preceded in death by his parents, infant daughter Linda, and sisters Claudette Diomedi and Jeannine Turnbaugh. The family will have a virtual service in his memory 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 27, 2021. Family and friends can attend via the Stark Funeral Professionals Facebook page. Donations to Angela Hospice may be made in his honor.

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Dave taught me SO much about bowling, and helped me become a pretty darned good bowler, shaping the next 40+ years of my life. He also helped me immensely when I needed it most, and for those things I am eternally grateful. My love and sympathy go out to Kathy, Lisa, Dave, and Gina, and their children and grandchildren. Sure wish I could bowl one more game with Dave!

I knew Dave for over 50 years. He taught me everything that I know about the sport of Bowling. Not only the game but also how to do everything in a bowling center. Dave forgot more about the art of ball drilling than most will ever know. The sport is a lot poorer without Dave Diomedi. I will miss you my friend.

My deepest sympathy to this wonderful family. Lisa, Gina, and David, having you in my second grade classroom was such a blessing. I saw Dave a few months ago, and he was so proud to update me on what you are doing. Kathy, my prayers are for you to find comfort, and a measure of peace as you make this journey. God bless.

The Arbor Valley USBC Association sends its heartfelt condolences to Dave's family and friends. His contributions to bowling as a bowling center proprietor, bowling pro-shop owner, bowling coach and mentor will be missed. An accomplished bowler and fierce competitor he was always available to help bowlers improve their game. Many bowlers in the area can credit their bowling successes to his expertise, guidance and support. Rest in Peace Dave Diomedi.