Robert Diehl Jr.


CADILLAC, Mich. -- Robert E. Diehl Jr. of Cadillac, Michigan, passed away on Wednesday, October 17, 2012, at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, Mich. He was 77.

Robert was born June 14, 1935, in Mark Center, Ohio. His parents were Robert and Marian (Allen) Diehl. A 1953 graduate of Mark Center High School, he served three years (1955-1958) with the U.S. Army 3rd Cavalry Regiment, which patrolled the East German and Czechoslavakian borders (Iron Curtain) during the Cold War.

He married Rita Catherine Clemens on August 30, 1958, in Defiance, Ohio, where he attended the Defiance College and edited and renamed the school newspaper, The Defender and was co-creator and editor of the school literary magazine, Progeny.

He began a newspaper career while in college that would extend some 40 years through publications in Ohio, Michigan, California, Florida and Montana as a writer, columnist, editor and publisher. He also served as an editorial consultant for Thomson Newspapers and posted in their Chicago and Kansas City offices dealing with more than 40 newspapers nationwide. Robert won several writing awards for columns and features and several of the newspapers he edited were award winners.

He was first wire editor, then sports editor for The Crescent News, Defiance, during the 1960s.

He was editor of the Cadillac Evening News during the 1970s when the paper and its staff won several journalism awards.

Robert was editor of the Escanaba Daily News during the late 70s and early 80s, and it won first place in general excellence and individual awards under his direction.

He is survived by his wife, Rita; three daughters, Debra (Scott) Maresh, Dawn Diehl of Cadillac, Mich., and Andrea (Garett) Bass of Lake Isabella, Mich.; four grandchildren, Sydney Maresh of Cadillac, Gage, Gabrielle and Grace Bass of Lake Isabella; two sisters, Sharon (Steve) Sierer of Oakwood, Ohio, Mary Ann Eck of Auburn, Ind.; a brother, Jim (Nancy) Diehl of Jacksonville, Fla., and many nieces and nephews.

In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place and no services will be held. Arrangements were made by the Peterson Funeral Home in Cadillac.

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