Richard K. Diehl, died peacefully in his daughter's home Nov. 18, 2013. He was the husband of Shirley Irene (Kemmerer) Diehl. They were married for 56 years. Born in Emmaus, he was a son of Ambrose and Marguerite Diehl.
He graduated from Emmaus High School in 1950.
He joined the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and traveled the world for four years aboard the destroyer, the U.S.S. Picking. He served as radar operator and aided in the rescue missions of numerous downed pilots in enemy territory. After completing his service, he returned to Emmaus High School for a year to take college preparatory classes before enrolling in Penn State in 1955.
He graduated from Penn State with a degree in chemical engineering, and began his career with Firestone in Pottstown. In 1978 the family moved to Baton Rouge, La. where he worked as plant engineer at the new Firestone facility he helped design in Addis, La. The plant was eventually sold to Occidental Petroleum Corp., where he worked as a consultant before retiring.
He is survived by his wife; daughter Lisa Ann, M.D.; and son-in-law Burl E. Forgey IV, M.D.; grandchildren, Elizabeth, Quint, Henry Richard, and George; siblings, Gerald, Eileen and Arlan. He was predeceased by a brother, Lawson.
Contributions may be made to fund the purchase of a camel through Heifer International.