James Edward Diehl, 80, of Danville, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, at his home.
He was born May 24, 1937, in Valley Township, a son of the late Robert and Martha (Williams) Diehl.
James graduated from Danville High School in 1955.
Upon graduation, he worked at Marks Clothing Store. In January of 1956, he went to Washington, D.C. to work in the fingerprinting department of the FBI. He was always proud of the award presented to him by J. Edgar Hoover. In 1959, he enlisted in the Army and was with the Military Police at Ft. Gordon, Georgia. He remained in the Pennsylvania National Guard until 1964. In 1959, he returned to Danville and worked at Merck and Company. In January of 1961, he began his studies at Bloomsburg University where he received his bachelor's degree in education and taught for six months at Jefferson School in Williamsport. In the Fall of 1964, he began teaching French in Muncy where he taught for 30 years, retiring in 1993. Upon retirement, he returned to Danville and ran his father-in-law's dress shop, Bea Butler's. In 1997, he opened his bakery at his home in Danville.
He was a member of Hendrickson United Methodist Church in Danville PA. He served as treasurer of Muncy Public Library, was board treasurer of the Local Teachers' Association, vice president of Muncy Little League and advisor for the Muncy High School French Club. His other memberships included the Danville Elks, Danville Moose, Danville Masons, and the Williamsport Consistory.
James made many trips to France and Quebec with his French students. He thoroughly enjoyed "baking days" with his students as they raised money for the French Scholarship. His greatest enjoyment was spending time with his family and going to their sporting events and tending to his beautiful garden.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Patricia McCloughan Diehl; three sons and daughters-in-law, Scott and Debbie and Marc and Jeanne Marie, all of Virginia, and Michael and Shandon-dy, of Muncy; 10 grandchildren; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Letitia and Thomas Beiter, Ann Louise and Albert Willoughby, and Barbara Reynolds; three brothers and one sister-in-law, Nelson Diehl, James Williams, and Lee and Bonnie Williams; sisters-in-law, Eleanor Diehl, Arlene Diehl and Lois Diehl; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by three sisters, Thelma Styers, Martha Knight, and Rose Williams; five brothers, Frank, Daniel, Clyde and Robert Diehl and Clark Williams; his in-laws, William and Georgie McCloughan; and his stepmother, Anna Diehl.
Friends will be received from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Friday, Dec. 29, at Pine Street Evangelical Lutheran Church, 621 Pine St., Danville, followed by a memorial service at 11, with the Rev. John Koons officiating.
Burial will be held in Hendrickson United Methodist Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
The family will provide flowers. Memorial contributions may be made to the Pine Street Evangelical Lutheran Church, 621 Pine St., Danville, PA 17821, or Hendrickson United Methodist Church, 350 Cameltown Hill Road, Danville, PA 17821, or Geisinger Home Health and Hospice, 410 Glenn Ave., Suite 200, Bloomsburg, PA 17815.
Arrangements are under the direction of Visneski Funeral Home Inc. 42 W. Mahoning St., Danville.
Published on December 17, 2017