FINDLAY - Rhoades (Dusty) Diehl, a long time resident and business man in the Findlay and Ottawa areas died on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, at 4:05 a.m.He was born on Aug. 6, 1922 in Leipsic to Alva and Elsie (Schoenauer) Diehl. On Oct. 19, 1939, he married Ruth M. Hazelton and she survives.
Also surviving is a daughter, Patricia (Garry) Locke of Lima; along with three grandchildren, Kristi (Gary) Weisenstein of Ashland, Dusty (Bobbi) Locke of Mooresville, N.C. and Andrew (fiancé Christy Thomas) Locke of Mesa, Ariz., ten great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren.
Deceased are brothers, Fay, Lucian, John, Donald and Gordon; and sisters, DeEtta Schmenk and Rose Ida Ruhe.
Mr. Diehl entered the corporate world as an employee of General Motors Co. in their engineering experimental department.
Dusty and Ruth soon developed an interest in and an astuteness as entrepreneurs and introduced Findlay to its first pawn shop, the Star Pawn Shop and Jewelry which he owned and operated for about 20 years. Dusty served as the Vice President of the Ohio Pawn Brokers Association. In addition, they owned and operated other business ventures in the Findlay and Ottawa area including the Tawa Drive-In and the JK Laundry.
Dusty's intense interest in civic affairs led him into many leadership groups and recognition citations which include the following:
In 1953 Mr. Diehl became a Mason in the Ottawa Lodge #325 and Associate member of Mt. Cory Lodge. In 1968 he became a member of "Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite" of Free Masonry Valley of Toledo.
He experienced much satisfaction in lodge activities and in 1968 he became active in the Toledo Zenobia Shrine serving to the present time. In 1972 he became president of the Findlay Zenobia Shrine Clown and for two years served as Chairman of the Zenobia Million Dollar Club. In 1978 he served as President of the Hancock County Scottish Rite Association. He became a Director of the Masonic Home One Grand Club Committee for Hancock County. He received a Meritorious Service Award Valley of Toledo in 1984. He served as President in 1990-1991.
In 1954 he was elected to a 1954-56 term on the Putnam County Central Committee. He served as President of Ottawa Park Board from 1956-1961. He served as Captain of the Putnam County Sheriff Auxiliary. Dusty served as Captain of the Ohio State Highway Patrol Auxiliary in Putnam County.
Mr. Diehl served on the Board of Directors at the Hancock Recreation Center for six years.
This community interest on Dusty's part led to being named in 1975 by the Business and Professiona Women's Club of Findlay and Hancock County as "Mr. American Citizen".
Dusty was mindful also of the needs of our military forces, having served in the Ohio National Guard from 1937-1940 with Company G 148th Infantry. Then serving in the U.S. Army from 1944-1946 with Company B 134th Battalion I R T C Army Reserve from 1946-1949.
He then reenlisted in 1949 and was called to active duty from 1950-1951 as a Master Sergeant.
As a devoted husband, a dedicated father and grandfather, Dusty has by example left an invaluable legacy. He has developed his God given skills and talents in a way that served well the needs and interests of not only himself and his family but also were shared in a generous way to benefit the community.
So, as the life span of Dusty Diehl is reviewed, those left behind who will sorely miss him say "Thanks, Dusty! Your life is an inspiration to us".
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, at Coldren-Crates Funeral Home, Findlay. Pastor Hugh Bowland officiated. Burial was in Harman Cemetery, Gilboa.
Memorials may be made to Bridge Home Health and Hospice, Shriner's Hospital, and or Powell Memorial United Methodist.
Online condolences may be made via www.coldrencrates.com.