Published in Press Democrat from 4/9 to 4/11/2009
Capping a remarkable
life of grace and generosity, Robert "Whitey" Diehl passed away
peacefully on April 7, 2009, surrounded by loving family in his Sebastopol,
CA home under the redwoods he planted.
Born and raised in Iowa City, Iowa, Bob attended City High and received
both his BA and Masters from University of Iowa, where he also played
basketball and baseball. Bob - or "Whitey" as they called him
- went on to play minor league baseball for Cincinnati with the 1953 Championship
In 1958, he responded to a "tug on his sleeve" and met his soon-to-be
bride and life partner of 50 years, Donna Kay Meier. They eventually settled
in Sebastopol, CA where they raised incredible children - Dan, Tom, Ted
and Tamsen, and he enjoyed nine precious grandchildren.
Bob taught at Analy High School from 1959 to 1991 prior to retiring. Known
as "Coach" to many, Bob coached varsity basketball for 22 years,
and freshman football, in addition to mentoring many.
A passionate and loving man, Bob was a gardener and avid sportsman - a
fan of Giants baseball, 49er football, and the Iowa Hawkeyes, and a lifelong
A curious and learned man, Bob was an insatiable reader, history buff
and progressive political pontificator. A man who could say volumes with
his smile or the wink of an eye, if "The Diehler" was your friend,
he's your friend for life. And so he was. We will miss him dearly and
will be looking for him in the world around us.
Friends and family are invited to a celebration of his life on Saturday,
April 11, 2009, at 1:00 p.m. at his home.
The family will mark his life with a private inurnment arranged by PLEASANT
HILL MORTUARY at Sebastopol Memorial Lawn.
Memorial donations may be made to Analy Athletics.