John Eyman Deibel
1928 - 2021
BORN
1928
DIED
2021
FUNERAL HOME
Burks-Walker-Tippitt Funeral Directors - Tyler
215 E. Front St.
Tyler, TX
DEIBEL, John Eyman A Funeral Mass in celebration of the life of John Eyman Deibel, 93, of Tyler, Texas will be held at 10:30 am on Thursday, June 17, 2021, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception 423 S. Broadway with The Most Reverend Joseph E. Strickland Bishop of Tyler and Monsignor Milam Joseph as concelebrants, followed by graveside services at Rose Hill Cemetery under the direction of Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Directors. John, our beloved husband and father, passed away peacefully at home on June 13, 2021. He was born on February 7, 1928, in Washington, Pennsylvania, the youngest son of William Arthur and Margaret "Peggy" Eyman Deibel. Upon the death of his mother in 1929, John moved from Donora, Pennsylvania to St. Louis, Missouri and lived with his Uncle Charles and Aunt Hattie Deibel until he was reunited with his father, stepmother and brother Bill in 1936 in Kirkwood, Missouri. He attended Kirkwood High School where he played baseball, basketball and acted in the Drama Club and graduated in 1945. A member of the Greatest Generation, John served in the United States Navy from 1945 to 1949 and a second tour from 1951 to 1953 serving in various positions from an Aerographer's Mate to Weatherman on the USS Rendova. He attended Washington University in St. Louis. John married his sweetheart, Dolores "Dolly" Maria Mercadal, on February 19, 1955, and moved to Dallas, Texas to start a family and new position with Huttig Sash and Door. During the late 1950s and early 1960s they had four boys, John Frederick Deibel, James Mercadal Deibel, Thomas William Deibel and Daniel Michael Deibel and settled in Richardson, Texas. The family was part of St. Paul's Catholic Church, which provided the foundation of many lifelong friendships. John's long-term career and association with James Lindsay Embrey and First Continental Enterprises started in the early 1960s, and by 1969 led him to Athens, Texas to operate the Spanish Trace Inn and start a life of real estate development in Athens, Jacksonville and Tyler. To increase tourism to Athens, he was instrumental in the creation and leadership of the Black-Eyed Pea Jamboree. In 1975, John and the family moved to Tyler where he advanced his real estate development career with communities such as Bullard Place, The Establishment Apartments, Spanish Trace Apartments, French Quarter Apartments, Hunters Glen Apartments, High Point, Greenbrier and Colonial Estates developments. He founded Deibel Companies, Inc. in 1982 and Continental Property Company in 1992 where he served as Chairman. John had a lifelong dedication to the lives and relationships with his family, Dolly, John, Jim, Tom and Dan, and their families. He spent his entire life in support of his family and friends. He had a twinkle in his eye when he met a friend, and he was always thrilled for what was in store for that experience. He was PaPooh and Grampa to his grandchildren. Dad and Mom always loved to entertain friends and family at home, especially during the Christmas holidays. He was dedicated to "helping his fellow man," in a quiet way. He had a 50-year long relationship with and contribution to the Hispanic American community in East Texas. Throughout all of his associations and especially his fellowship at Willow Brook Country Club, he had deep friendships and was a mentor to many. John was an active parishioner at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Member of the Tyler Catholic School Foundation, Chairman of the City of Tyler Planning and Zoning Commission, Member of the Board of Directors of First Continental Enterprises, Embrey Enterprises and Embrey Interests, Allied Texas Bank Board Member, Willow Brook Country Club (Past President), Brook Hollow Golf Club, Athens Country Club, Padre Grand Board President, Tyler Rose Festival - Order of the Rose and The Abraham Hays Foundation (Chairman). His interests included golf, travel to St. Louis to unite with family, California, Great Britain and France, professional sports, Kirkwood High School, family genealogy, Texas lore and wine appreciation. John was preceded in death by his parents, William A. Deibel, Margaret Eyman Deibel, stepmother, Lois Black Deibel, brother, William A. Deibel, Jr. He is survived by his wife, Dolores "Dolly" Mercadal Deibel, his sons, John Frederick Deibel, James Mercadal Deibel and wife June, Thomas William Deibel and wife Roslyn, Daniel Michael Deibel, grandchildren, John Frederick Deibel, Jr., James Mercadal Deibel, Jr., Sarah Elizabeth Deibel, Katherine Grace Deibel, Emily Marie Deibel Harris and husband Terry, Martha Ann Deibel, Katherine Diane Deibel, Margaret Amelia Deibel, Elizabeth Maria Deibel and great grandson, Terry Ray Harris, Jr. Pallbearers will be John F. Deibel, Jr., James M. Deibel, Jr., Jeff King, Kevin Eltife, Tony Conroy, and Joseph Milburn. Honorary Pallbearers will be Joe Sharp, Mack Strother, Dr. Dan Toney, Ted Walters, Bob Jenkins, Jim Mazzu, Harold Beaird, Harry Leatherwood, Francis Kay, Michael Bosworth, Tim Alexander, Rick Grisham, Dr. Joe Dooley, George Holland, John G. Taylor, Captain Paul E. Munarriz, Joe Indelicato, Col. Bill Ernst, Roger Altvater, Roy Lilly, Craig Dickerson, Jeff Buie, Dr. Jim Clark, Allen Bell, Raymond Hedge, Harry Caserta, Dr. Bob Carney, The McCain Family, Edgar Cedeno, Andy Tindel, Don Garrett, Ron Pinkenburg, Miguel Carranza, Joel Diaz, Martin Alderte and Simon Cervantes. A heartfelt thank you to all of the incredible people who took such special care of Dad during his last years, especially Lois Lee, Lupe Perez, Christie Concha, Linda Earl, Alice Woods and Vernell Marshall. Special thanks for many years of service by the men of the Tyler Sanitation Department. A Visitation and Rosary will take place at 4pm on Wednesday, June 16 at Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Home at 215 E. Front Street, Tyler, Texas For those desiring to send a gift to John's memory, please direct donations to the Tyler Catholic School Foundation or www.abrahamhaysfoundation.org/action, or to the charity of your choice. To view online, please go to www.burkswalkertippit.com



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Published by Dallas Morning News on Jun. 15, 2021.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
Jun
16
Visitation
4:00p.m.
Burks-Walker-Tippitt Funeral Directors - Tyler
215 E. Front St. , Tyler, TX
Jun
17
Funeral Mass
10:30a.m.
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
423 S. Broadway, TX
Jun
17
Graveside service
Rose Hill Cemetery
, TX
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Bigger than life, Big Mac will always hold a special place in my heart.
From our family please know Dolly, Jim and Dan and all Deibel’s that John will be fondly remembered.
Wish you all peace at this difficult time.
With affection,
Mike and Suzanne Kennedy
Mike Kennedy
Friend
June 21, 2021
My heart goes out and prayers are sent to the to each and every member of the Deibel family! You included Mr D. Rest in Joy Sir... Peace
Billy Hirsch
Friend
June 18, 2021
My heart goes out t
Billy Hirsch
Friend
June 18, 2021
Sending love and peace to Dolly and all the rest of the John E. Deibel family from the George P. Deibel family. I will always remember how John expressed his love for my father in his beautiful and funny eulogy which I have a recording of. Cousin John shared a lot of memories with us from the olden days. I wish I could have attended the celebration of his life in Tyler today. Love, Margie
Margie Deibel
Family
June 17, 2021
Dear Deibel family,
On behalf of the Owen's family we wish your family solice and comfort during these trying times. You know much you are near and dear to our hearts. God bless.
Scott and Kim McCauley and Kevin Owen's
Kim McCauley
Friend
June 16, 2021
Becky Shelton
June 16, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful man, who will be deeply missed.
Kelly Scott
Friend
June 16, 2021
I was blessed 28-1/2 years ago when I moved to Tyler, to have been hired by Mr. Deibel. He was a great man; the best of the best. I will miss him dearly.
Carolyn Doherty
Friend
June 16, 2021
Jaime and Dana Ronderos
June 16, 2021
I have very fond memories and the upmost respect for this man. I knew him as a child and into my young teens. Seeing him and Dollie at the Spanish Trace Inn for the Black Eyed Pea Jamboree while there with my parents Dick and Polly Hitt once a year. Boy did they all have a good time it seemed to me as a young man and John was an amazing host. He genuinely was interested in people. He would look you in the eye with those kind and attentive eyes when engaged. I haven't seen him in years and I regret that. May the Lord Jesus Christ bless his family and comfort them. Clearly John was blessed beyond measure with such a long productive life and such a bountiful branch for family and friends. I pray I see him in the Kingdom.


Gavin Hitt
Acquaintance
June 15, 2021
Randy Ackerman
June 15, 2021
John was like an "older brother" to me during my youthful years in the Greenbriar area of
Kirkwood,MO. During the summers we were at the pool of Greenbriar Hills CC. We missed
him when he went "off to war". When I left the Marines and came to SMU Law School In
Dallas they found me and brought me into their family circle. I was always grateful for that
kindness. We would see Dolly and John at Brook Hollow Golf Club on occasions. He was a great gentleman. My condolences to Dolly upon her loss.
Leland Coggan
Neighbor
June 15, 2021
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
I was so fortunate to have a phone conversation with John, what a guy !!!
Tinsley L Deibel
Family
June 15, 2021
John E Deibel will certainly be missed in Texas as well as St Louis, Mo. I'm happy he carried on the Deibel name so well. My grandparents and my mother Dorothy, and uncle Charles would be do proud of him.
May God continue to bless you Cousin John E.
Cathy Harper Devoto
Family
June 15, 2021
John was a treasured friend for over 50 years along with our cherished Dolly, his most faithful and wonderful wife. This combination formed a bond with many people here in Richardson and north and east Texas that will live forever.
Two more genuine people do not exist and we will miss John so much. Our prayers, Masses and many thoughts of the memories are ever present with us each day and will continue for John, Dolly and the family. No one ever deserved to be admired more than John and his accomplishments in business and community. Our annual stays with them at the Spanish Trace in Athens were truly memories for all of us who went. It was the spark of our summers and continued friendships.
May John have eternal rest and our support for Dolly and the family are on going with much love..
Mary and Bob Scichili
Mary and Bob Scichili
Friend
June 15, 2021
I would like to say Thank You to Mr. Deibel for his 34 years of loyal support to the Tyler Apartment Association. His willingness to let his employee's participate in events and serve on our Board of Directors has been greatly appreciated.
Linda Neeley
Acquaintance
June 14, 2021
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