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George W. Diehl

November 27, 1934 ~ December 31, 2018 (age 84)

Alta Vista - George William Diehl, Jr., longtime resident of Alta Vista, Kansas, passed away Monday, December 31, 2018 at Stormont Vail Hospital. He was born November 27, 1934, the son of George Diehl, Sr. and Nina (Lewis) Diehl.

He married Vona Grensing on October 26, 1956 in Alta Vista, where they made their home and raised their children. Together they enjoyed dancing and visiting with friends.  In their later years they enjoyed going to horse races, traveling for the fur business, and loved spending time with their family. 

George graduated from Alma High School and attended Kansas State University. He worked for Rock Island Railroad for six years, before establishing George and Vern’s Mobil Service with his brother-in-law in Alta Vista. In addition to operating the gas station, he established Diehl’s Raw Furs.  He continued this business for 58 years. While operating both businesses, George made many longtime friends.

He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Kansas Fur Harvesters and National Trappers Association. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, trapping, finding and collecting arrowheads and socializing at the fur shed.  George was witty and had a sense of humor that all enjoyed.  He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

George is survived by his wife Vona of the home; sons Terry Diehl and Diann, of Alta Vista and Mark Diehl and Stephanie, of Junction City; grandchildren Kelsey Smith (Matt), Ty Diehl (Taylor), Courtney Diehl and Taylor Diehl; great-grandchildren Brooklyn, Max and Kieran.  He is also survived by his siblings Darwin Diehl (Joyce), Glenda Lee (Terry), Frank Diehl (Shelley) and Diana Trudo (Chris). 

Funeral services will be held at 10:30am, Saturday, January 5, 2019, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.  Burial will follow at Alta Vista Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and sent in care of Zeiner Funeral Home, PO Box 273, Council Grove, KS 66846.

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