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Gene A. Diekhoff

Bonita, California

Jun 1, 1955 – Jul 15, 2016


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Gene Alan Diekhoff ObituaryGene Diekhoff, 61, the animal lover and the story teller died Friday, July 15th at his home. Gene loved NASCAR, camping on the Colorado River, loved joking with people and sharing laughs with friends and hanging out in his 'man cave'. Gene Alan was born June 1, 1955...

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My name is Gregg Jankord, also from South Dakota. I was stationed on the USS Fox in 1974 and 75 with Gene, we were good friends. We ran around together and worked together, both being Machinist Mates. I called him a few years ago, but he didn't come back to South Dakota very often. I visited him in the spring of 1976 when he came home on leave and got to meet his family, and spent a couple days together. That was the last time I saw Gene. I'm in Los Angeles this weekend January 27 through 31...

Thinking of you, my friend. We shared many childhood memories and a few relatives. Indeed, you will be missed. I plan to be at your memorial service in Wessington to pay my respects and say goodbye.

I've had the pleasure of working with Gene for over 29 years. We turned wrenches together and when I was promoted I brought Gene on board as leadman and supervisor. Gene is one of the most dedicated workers I have ever met and took his job very seriously. After leaving work Gene must have enjoyed it because it was pretty normal to see emails from all hours of the night from his man cave. Even when Gene knew of his illness he kept on working as long as he possibly could. Gene had...

Gene, you have always held a very special place in my heart, you introduced me to the love of my life and you walked me down the aisle to marry your friend and co-worker of many years . The words 'Thank you' cannot touch how I feel. You will be sorely missed here but Heaven has gained a new angel to watch over us. Rest in peace my friend.
See you on the other side.

Best Man - Gene remembered to bring the ring, had it in his pocket!

Totally stunned tonight - just heard the news . . .
When I first started my 24 year career at D-R, Gene was the night supervisor, which is how we got to know each other.

He would drop anything to assist you, even if he had to leave work to be my Best Man, after he introduced my wife to me.

After retiring from D-R last year, I was aware he was fighting cancer, but figured he would come out on top.
Gene and Char came by our house to sit in our new motorhome we...

I am honored to have had to pleasure of working with such a dedicated and great person who valued life, friendship and the occasional cold one. I will miss the late night e-mails from his garage where he often put in that little extra. Gene, you enriched our lives with your lively conversation and tireless support. Until we meet again, thanks for all you did and may you rest in peace.

We will miss the cheery wit and dedicated support Gene provided to our business. Sorry to see someone worked so hard to achieve success in everything he did leave us so soon. We will miss your friendship Gene.

May the love of family and friends carry you through your grief in the loss of Gene. Thoughts and prayers for his family.

I'm going to miss you ever day, and I love you so much. I feel so honored to have had the pleasure of knowing you and being able to say that you are my grandpa. It may not be by blood but you are and always will be the best grandpa a girl could have. Thank you for all the amazing memories.