Richard L. Diehl, 84, of Portsmouth, died Wednesday May 16, 2012, at SOMC Hospice. He was born Feb. 27, 1928, in Portsmouth, to the late Leo and Anna Goodman Diehl. He graduated from Central Catholic High School and Xavier University, and then worked for OSCO Industries where he was President. Dick was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, where he was a Reader and a Eucharistic Minister and a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. He was also a former board member of the Scioto County Area Foundation, a former board member of Bank One, he was active in the United Way Foundation, and a founding member of the Notre Dame High School Development Fund.
In addition to his parents, Dick was preceded in death by his wife, Bettie Hicks Diehl.
He is survived by his children, Laura Wooten (Dudley) of Portsmouth, Mary Senger (Mike) of Wooster, Debra Tschannen (Heinz) of Columbus, Richard Hicks Diehl of Del Mar, Calif., and Lisa Hadsell (Ron) of Portsmouth. Dick is also survived by 15 loving grandchildren, Amy Wooten Larmour, Jonathan Wooten, Benjamin Wooten, Bill Vaus, Ron Vaus, Dan Vaus, Josh Senger, Jesse Tschannen, Naomi Tschannen, Tiffany Hadsell, Brandon Hadsell, Nick Hadsell, Alex Hadsell, Adam Hadsell, and Emerson Hadsell; four great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Gary and Linda Grimshaw.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Monday, May 21, 2012, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Rev. Adam Streitenberger officiating. Entombment will be in Memorial Burial Park in Wheelersburg. Friends may call at the Melcher Funeral Home in Portsmouth from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Sunday. Recitation of the Rosary will be 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to: Scioto County Area Foundation - Bettie L. Diehl Memorial Scholarship Fund, the Notre Dame Development Fund, Hospice of Southern Ohio, or the St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
Melcher Funeral Home in Portsmouth is handling the arrangements.