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Saturday, March 19, 2016

George Kirk Diem, Sr., 91, of Gaines, PA

George Kirk Diem, Sr.
George Kirk Diem, Sr.

George Kirk Diem, Sr., 91, of Gaines, PA, passed away Thursday, March 17, 2016 at Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA. 

Born October 12, 1924 in Coatesville, PA, he was a son of the late Charles and Nellie (Kirk) Diem. Mr. Diem was a 1942 graduate of Coatesville High School. He was married to the former Pearl Godra, who survives. 

WWII Vet
Mr. Diem was a Veteran having served in the United States Army during WWII. He served in Europe with the 504 Parachute Infantry, 82nd Airborne Division. He received the following medals: the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Good Conduct Medal, the Presidential Unit Emblem, the American Campaign Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 3 Battle Stars, the WWII Victory Medal, the Army of Occupation Medal, the Combat Infantry Medal, the Parachute Badge, and the Belgian Fourragere. 

After the war, Mr. Diem worked as a General Foreman for Lukens Steel Company in Coatesville for 35 years, retiring in 1977. He was a Township Commissioner in Caln, a member of F & AM Lodge #383, a Life member of the V.F.W. Lodge #287, a member of the Moose Lodge #826, a Lifetime member of both the Thorndale Fire Company and the West End Fire Company in Coatesville. He greatly enjoyed woodworking, hunting, fly fishing and doing yard work. 

Surviving in addition to his wife, Pearl Diem, are several nieces and nephews. 

In addition to his parents, Mr. Diem was predeceased by a son, George Kirk Diem, Jr., 2 brothers, Temple and Norman Diem, and 3 sisters, Rhoda Roussey, Louisa Wilgis, and Minnie Roussey-Hallman.

Friends may call at the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton, on Saturday, April 9, 2016 from 10:00-11:00am with a Memorial Service following at 11:00am. The Rev. Richard Tintle will officiate. Military Honors will be accorded by the Potter County Honor Guard. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Coatesville, PA. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.



2 comments:

Michael Caulkins said...

I'll bet he had some WW2 stories to tell, I wish I could have known him.

Jeanne C. Mitchell said...

A wonderful wonderful man!! So glad to have knowmy him and his lovely wife. I'll always treasure the breakfasts at their home with my parents. Thank you for your hospitality George and your service to this country!!