Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas


February 11, 2013

Imogene ‘Jean’ Diehl

Imogene “Jean” Diehl left this earth on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013 after a long illness. She left here following Jesus to Heaven, and if she gets tired on the way, Jesus will carry her and you will only see one set of footprints in the sand.

She left behind her husband, Bob, who she met at a country dance in Priddy, Texas. Bob told her they were going to be wed when he returned from Japan. Sure enough, on Feb. 9, 1958, they were married.

Jean was born in Indian Gap, Texas on Dec. 4, 1930, to Bertha Hulda Seider Witte and Heinrich Oskar Gustov Witte. She was the oldest of 11 children.

She left behind many relatives and friends; her daughter, Terri and husband Billy Ferguson of Corsicana; her son, Bobby Diehl Jr. of Corsicana, and Granna’s only grandchild, Colby Lee Ferguson of Corsicana. She is also survived by brothers and sisters James and Joanne Witte of Burleson, Marvin and Sandra Witte of Hamilton, Leonard and Nancy Witte of Cleburne, Larry and Marilea Witte of Speegleville, Shirley Bottlinger of Hamilton, Elton and Joanne Witte of Jacksonville, Fla., Juanita Finch of Sunnyvale, Mary Nell and Donald Finch of Granger, Janice Allen of Azle, Wanda Fowler of Cleburne. There were also 25 nieces and nephews, plus many great-nieces and nephews.

Jean had only been to Texas and Arkansas before she married Bob, but she went with him during his career with the United States Air Force to Abilene; London, England; Grand Forks, N.D.; Montgomery, Ala.; Wichita Falls and Rochester, Minn.

Upon Bob’s retirement from the Air Force they spent a year in Madisonville, Ky. Jean and the children became homesick for Texas in 1974 and they moved to Corsicana. Jean has friends in London and here in the United States scattered from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific and from the Gulf of Mexico to the Canadian border.

She taught Sunday School everywhere Bob went and will no doubt teach in Heaven.

There will be a memorial service at Faith Lutheran Church, Corsicana, at a later date.

In lieu of flowers please make memorials to the building fun at Faith Lutheran Church to support God’s work.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.

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