Vernon R. Diederich

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Vernon R. Diederich

July 28, 1935 - Jan. 24, 2018

OBERLIN, Kan. Vernon R. Diederich, 82, died Wednesday (Jan. 24, 2018), at Decatur Health in Oberlin.

He was born July 28, 1935, on a farm near Selden. Kan., in Sheridan County, Kan., to Charles H. and Matilda (Harold) Diederich. He graduated from Decatur Community High School in 1954. He was U.S. Navy veteran.

He lived in Colby, Kan., for 16 years, then farmed north of Oberlin. He married Jeanette (Wurm) Richardson on May 24, 1980, in Oberlin. He was a retired carpenter.

He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus in Oberlin.

He was preceded in death by parents, Charlie and Matilda Diederich; son, Michael Diederich; and two brothers, Gerald and Merlin Diederich.

Survivors include his wife, Jeanette Diederich of Oberlin; children, Rocky Diederich (Teresa) of Oberlin, Pat Diederich (Audrey) of McPherson, Ben Richardson (Shannon) of Salina and Doyle Richardson (Julie) of McCook, Neb., Carmell Summers (Wayne) of Colby, Anita Hirsch (Steve) of Oberlin and Annette Troyen (Jeff) of Ellinwood; brothers, Allen "Butch" Diederich (Sandra) of Oberlin and Leo Diederich of Dacona, Colo.; sister, Lois Jordan of Boulder, Colo.; sister-in-law, Lola Diederich of McCook; 19 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.

Visitation is Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Pauls Funeral Home in Oberlin, with a vigil service at 7 p.m.

Services are Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oberlin with the Rev. Mark Berland officiating. Interment is at the Oberlin Cemetery.

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Pauls Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.