Wayne B. Diekemper, age 68 of Carlyle, passed away Saturday, August 15 at his home. A Mass of Christian Burial for 68 year old Wayne B. Diekemper will be Saturday, August 22 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church in Carlyle. Burial with military honors will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Friends may call Friday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. at Zieren Funeral Home in Carlyle. Memorials are suggested to the Clinton County Vietnam Veterans Chapter 269, the American Heart Association, or to the American Diabetes Association.
Mr. Diekemper was born on February 12, 1947, in Breese, Illinois, son of Joseph B. and Lily (Ward) Diekemper. He married Dorothy Richter on November 21, 1968, in Breese, and she survives in Carlyle.
In addition to his wife Dorothy, Wayne is also survived by his children – Scott Diekemper of Carlyle, Dawn Thomas and husband Brad of Beckemeyer, and Kurt Diekemper and special friend Patty Bansavage-Fenochietti, and her daughter Auriel Patrick, of Largo, Florida; his grandchildren – Megan, Jacob, Molly, and Jaren Diekemper, and Kirsten and Bradon Thomas; a brother – Jerome Diekemper and special friend Gwen Reagen of Carlyle; 2 sisters — Julia Diekemper of Kansas, and Geraldine Pingsterhaus of Germantown; and a step-brother – Jerry Lager and wife Kim of Highland.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his mother and father in law – Benedict and Anna Richter; his step-mother – Mary Lager; 2 nephews – Troy Diekemper and Jeff Richter; 2 grandnieces – Katie Diekemper and Talen Pingsterhaus; and his in-laws – Dr. Ted Little, Larry Pingsterhaus, and Dave Duing.
Mr. Diekemper worked at Luebbers Welding for 15 years, then as a self-employed farmer and welder. He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the Clinton County Vietnam Veterans Chapter 269, Breese American Legion Post 252, Carlyle V.F.W. Post 3523, and the Carlyle Knights of Columbus Council 1382. He was also a member of the Southern Illinois IH Collectors Chapter 32, a Carlyle FFA Alumni, the American Thresherman Association, the Singers Club, and the NRA. Wayne also volunteered to drive fellow veterans to doctor appointments. He loved to cook and barbecue, and was well known for his chili and barbecue sauce. He enjoyed hunting, restoring tractors, and tractor pulls. Wayne loved spending time with his family and attending his grandchildren’s sporting events.
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1111 Clinton Street
Carlyle, Il 62231