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Michael Joseph Diederich

1940 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
MICHAEL JOSEPH DIEDERICH 7/22/1940 - 1/22/2016 Mike Diederich passed away peacefully at home in Eugene, Oregon, surrounded by loved ones, following a brief battle with cancer. He was born July 22, 1940 in Riverside, California to Raymond and Antoinette "Tavy" Diederich. Mike graduated from Ramona High School in 1958, where he played football and baseball. He married his high school sweetheart, Missy Stearns, in 1961. Mike and Missy raised their family in Riverside. It was during many family vacations to the pacific northwest that they fell in love with Oregon. They moved to Pleasant Hill, Oregon for two years, in 1986 and were delighted to return and call Oregon home again, this past summer. Mike's passions included gardening, cooking, grilling, sports and trips to Las Vegas with his family. He could grow enough produce for the entire neighborhood, and had perfected his recipe for barbecued ribs. He was an avid bowler, loved to fish, golf, and had the ultimate "poker face". He spent many years involved in youth sports in Riverside. He had the perfect demeanor for his years as a little league umpire and loved coaching Pony League baseball. A highlight was taking his all-star team to compete in Japan in 1976. Those who knew Mike appreciated his strength of character, understated generosity and genuine, good heart. They also knew he was a jokester and his victims were many. He had an unforgettable smile. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Missy; his children Shelley and Tom Miller, Chris Diederich and Catherine Diederich; grandchildren Sydney, Tori, Trent and Katie; and his siblings Mary Beth Scott and Jim Diederich. Very special love and thank you to Cheryl Tavaglione and Claire Barr for their time and care. To many dear family, friends and neighbors who joined Mike and family recently, traveling from all corners, to share stories and memories, good meals and laughter, thank you. No services are planned. Remembrances to Ramona High School Athletics c/o John Tibbles, 7675 Magnolia Ave, Riverside, CA 92504.

Published in Press-Enterprise on Feb. 7, 2016
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