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James "Jim" P. Diehl, Sr. – Obituary

Name: James "Jim" P. Diehl, Sr.

Age: 77

Born: 08-21-1942

Died: 06-18-2020

St. Mary Help of Christians Parish Center, St. August, Minnesota

St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church, St. Augusta, Minnesota

A Private Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 23, at St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church in St. Augusta for James “Jim” P. Diehl Sr. age 77, of St. Augusta.  Jim passed away peacefully on June 18 at his home with family at his side.  Reverend Matthew Crane will officiate.  Entombment will take place in the St. Mary Help of Christians Parish Mausoleum.


A public visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Monday, June 22 at the St. Mary Help of Christians Parish Center in St. Augusta.  Face masks are encouraged.


Jim was born August 21, 1942 in Burtrum, MN to Paul and Frances (Thieschafer) Diehl.  After graduating from Swanville High School in 1960 he went on to graduate from St. Cloud State University with a Finance Degree.  He married Carol Kummer on January 26, 1963 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud. 


Jim worked primarily in the Sporting Goods Industry, which included Stearns Manufacturing, CSI, All Sports in Oregon, Weathershield in Michigan, Design Line Cabinets and finally his own business Diehl and Associates Management Consulting in St. Augusta.  Jim was also active in his community, having been a St. Augusta City Councilman, a Trustee at St. Mary Help of Christians Parish, a Council Chair for the Lions District 5M8, a member of St. Augusta Lions and a member of Cloudy Town Sams Camping Club.


In his free-time he enjoyed camping and fishing and will be remembered as a devoted husband, father and grandfather.


Jim is survived by his wife Carol, sons Jeff (Kim) of St. Cloud, Mike (Terri Sohn) of Williamston, MI, Steve (Sally) of St. Louis Park, Bob (Monika Morris) of Plymouth and Jim Jr. (Rachael) of St. Cloud, six grandchildren Alex, Elizabeth, Joseph, and Samantha Diehl, Taylor and Nik Johnson, three great grandchildren Kylie, Declan and Silas Johnson, brothers Dick (Karen) and Don (Gail) and sisters Kathy (Alan Schnobrich) Kath and Sherry (David) Groeschl, as well as many nieces and nephews.


Jim is preceded in death by parents and sister Patricia Contreras.

Memorials are preferred.

Jim’s family would like to thank the staffs at CentraCare Paynesville and CentraCare Homecare and Hospice.

Guestbook for James "Jim" P. Diehl, Sr.

James Kummer
, Family
June 23, 2020, 3:25 pm
Carol and family, our condolences for your loss of Jim. I certainly appreciate reading the obituary and remembering camping and RV's. Through Jim and the family was our first exposure to exploring the outdoors this way and it is something we love dearly! Say hi to my folks today as they will be there. Much love from St Louis Missouri - James, Natali, Bea, and Monty.
Sister Colleen Haggerty, OSB
, Friend through Quiet Oaks
June 22, 2020, 3:09 am
My prayers for you, Carol, and family. I met Jim when I attended the Council meeting for the approval of the Quiet Oaks Hospice House project. Jim was quick to support the project and let me know that his cousin, Sister Linda Dusek was a member of our community. He did not realize that Linda and I were also best friends so I have been included in all the family events for the Diehl family. My prayers will remind God to support you all in a special way....the journey of loss is not quick nor easy. He was always a caring and concerned person and Quiet Oaks will hold him and all of you in their love and prayers. I regret that I am not able to be present at this time as we are in the Covid Lockdown. Blessings and prayers of our Sisters. Sister Colleen
Dave & Barb Hollyoake
, Lions
June 20, 2020, 2:57 pm
Our sincere condolences Carol to you & your family.
Linda Albrecht-Norby
, Lion Friend
June 20, 2020, 1:27 pm
Our deepest sympathy to Carol and the famiily to your loss of Jim. He was our CC when I was governor in 2010-11. He was a fantastic individual and will be greatly missed in the MD5M family and more.
Kelly Poole
, Niece
June 19, 2020, 9:59 pm
Thinking of you Carol and family. Sorry we cant be there in person. The Pooles
Bob and Debbi Harms
, Lions friends and camping friends
June 19, 2020, 9:39 pm
We are going to truly miss Jim. He was a terrific Lion, great mentor and fun to camp with.Carol and family, we are so very sorry for your loss.
, Lion friend
June 19, 2020, 9:09 pm
Sending love and hugs to you Carol. Jim was a good friend and a wonderful Lion. PCC Judy
Gary and Susan Hutchison
, Fellow PDG
June 19, 2020, 8:49 pm
Condolences to Carol and family from your Lions friends from the North. PDG Gary Hutchison and Lion Susan Hutchison

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