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James E. Diehl

October 21, 1942 — November 1, 2022

Nokomis, FL

James E. Diehl

Jim Diehl passed away at the age of 80 on November 1, 2022 in Jacksonville, FL.   Jim was born on October 21, 1942 in a farm house near Mark Center, Ohio to his loving parents Robert E. and Marian (Allen) Diehl.  Jim enjoyed life to the fullest whether at work or involved with recreational activities with family and friends.  Jim appreciated all the love, kindness and understanding of his family and friends throughout his life and considered himself to be a very fortunate person for this support.

Jim was a graduate of Fairview High School in Farmer, Ohio, The Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio, the Navy Nuclear Power Program and served 6 years in the Navy during the Vietnam War.  Jim participated in baseball and basketball on the high school and college levels, as well as auto racing in the early 60’s.

After his discharge from the Navy, Jim focused his career on the heavy-duty truck industry.  Jim worked for International Harvester (Indiana and Illinois), United Technologies (Massachusetts and South Carolina) and Oshkosh Corporation (Connecticut, Wisconsin and Minnesota) where he retired as Vice President of After Market Parts, Sales and Service after 22 years.

Jim was a member of the American Legion, VFW, Eagles, Elks and Moose Lodge.  He was also active in Meals on Wheels in Venice , FL for several years.  Jim’s passions included staying active, counting calories, the Ohio State Buckeyes, and Miller Lite.

Jim is survived by his wife and partner (Nancy, Nokomis, FL) who managed to keep him somewhat under control for their 36 years of marriage, three sons – Greg (Chris), New York, NY, Chad, Geneva, IL and Matt (Christin) Carmel, IN.  He is also survived by his sisters, Sharon Sierer (Steve), Oakwood, OH, Mary Ann Eck, Auburn, IN, sister-in-law, Rita, Cadillac, MI, grandsons Casey, Brodie, Nicolas, Ben and Calvin, granddaughters Gracie and Taylor, as well as several special nieces, nephews, cousins and lifetime friends.  Jim’s parents and brother Bob preceded him in death.

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