R. Dennis Diehl of Seaford entered his heavenly home on Oct. 28, 2023, at 8:20 a.m. He was surrounded by the warmth of his cherished family. Dennis courageously battled cancer for the second time, demonstrating incredible resilience and strength up until the very end.
He was born on Oct. 23, 1940 in Harrisburg, Pa., to his devoted parents, Russell and Marguerite Diehl. Dennis’s life was deeply intertwined with love and commitment, as he shared 58 beautiful years of marriage with his beloved bride, Carlteen King, a union celebrated at St. John’s Church in Seaford on Aug. 28, 1965.
A proud veteran, he served in the United States Air Force from 1958 to 1961, stationed in Florida during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Following his service, Dennis embarked on a fulfilling career in radio, touching the lives of many listeners in Delaware and Maryland after graduating from the National Broadcasting Academy.
The ocean held a special place in his heart, offering solace and a repository of cherished childhood memories. Dennis’s joys extended to reading, leisurely nature walks, and, most importantly, the company of his family.
A man who held family above all else, he is survived by his devoted wife, Carlteen Diehl and his loving children, James Diehl (Jelai) and Tabitha Nichols (David); grandchildren, Kayleigh Satterfield, Christina Diehl, Liam Nichols, Isabella Diehl, Cullen Nichols, Kaia Nichols, Remi Nichols, and Archer Diehl. Many other friends and family held special places in his heart.
Dennis was preceded in death by his parents, Marguerite and Russell Diehl; his brother, Wallace Diehl; his daughter, Michele Eder; and his granddaughter, Victoria Stephens.
A brief, heartfelt committal service with military honors to celebrate Dennis’s life will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3 in the chapel of Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 26669 Patriots Way, Millsboro, DE.