Elmer G. Diehl, 90, of Maple Park, passed from this life to eternal life on Thursday, June 2, 2011, at Delnor Community Hospital.
He was born on Oct. 10, 1920, the son of Edward M. and Catherine (Pattermann) Diehl in DuPage County, Ill.
Elmer grew up in West Chicago, Ill., and attended St. Mary’s Catholic School.
At a young age, Elmer worked on the family farm, toiling in the fields and tending to the animals. In 1953, Elmer moved to rural Maple Park to the present family farm to continue the work that he loved. In later years, he enjoyed helping his son, Dale, farm, and thereby keeping “the dirt under his fingernails.” Later, when he left the fields he loved so much, Elmer was always there for ideas and advice.
Elmer met the love of his life, Eleanor Shelp, at a local dance. Elmer took his time, and following a romantic courtship, they were united in marriage on Sept. 1, 1956, in Hampshire, Ill. They began their new life together, making a home back on the family farm. He continued his life’s work following Eleanor’s passing in 1995.
Elmer was a farmer through and through. He spent some of his best days working the field, feeling the sun on his face and the breeze at his back. He was as patient with his fields as he was with his children, and knew that tender care was needed with both. Elmer also gave much of his time and heart to St. Gall Catholic Church, helping to usher for over 35 years. His legacy can be seen as you gaze across the land and inside the hearts of all he knew.
Elmer is survived by two children, Marilyn (Ed) Campbell and Dale (Janice) Diehl of Maple Park; five grandchildren, Kelly (Brian) Eigenberger, Steven Campbell, Gregory Diehl, Matthew Diehl, Jaclyn Diehl; four siblings, David Diehl, Kathrine “Toots” (Donald) Kohley, Paul (Mary) Diehl, Carol Cibulskis; one brother-in-law, Bernard Kuhn; one sister-in-law, Ann Diehl; many nieces, nephews, cousins and a community of friends.
He is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Eleanor; his parents; seven siblings, Mary Jane (Robert) Nagel, George Diehl, Dorothy Kuhn, Edward (Pat) Diehl, Raymond and Franklin, who died as children; and one sister who died in infancy.
Visitation was held from 4 to 8 p.m., with a wake service at 4:30 p.m., on Monday, June 6, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL 60119. A mass to celebrate his life was held on Tuesday, June 7, at St. Gall Catholic Church, Elburn. Fr. Karl Ganss, pastor of the church, will officiate. Interment will follow at St. Gall Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit his favorite chariities. Checks may be made out to “The Elmer Diehl Memorial Fund” and can be mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family through www.conleycare.com.