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Peter Reeh Diestel

Peter Reeh Diestel

October 27, 1929 - September 18, 2015

Peter Reeh Diestel of Medford, devoted husband of Joan A. Diestel, died peacefully September 18, 2015, at the age of 85.

Peter, born October 27, 1929 in Omaha, Nebraska, the son of Peter and Odella Diestel, was raised in Omaha, Neb. and Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey. Peter was a graduate of Ridgewood High School (N.J.) and served as a Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps prior to a successful career in the U.S. textile industry.

In addition to his wife, he leaves four children, Laurie and her husband Wayne Merritt, of Greensboro, N.C.; Peter and his wife, Erica of Allendale, N.J.; Joanne and her husband, Peter Dale, of Medford, Ore.; and Robert and his wife, Sheila of Norton, Mass. He also leaves behind eight grandchildren, Ben, Tucker, and Casey Diestel; Miles and Ryan Dale; and Annabel, Mary, and Declan Diestel; and siblings, Gladys Scovel of Higganum, Conn. and John Diestel of Riverhead, N.Y.

Semper Fi to his country and family, Peter was very proud and honored to serve as a U.S. Marine. Peter was also a highly skilled woodcarver and painter. Pete will be remembered for his strength of character, loyal and longstanding friendships, fun-loving spirit, and his devotion to his wife and family.

May Pete finally rest in well-deserved peace.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: American Macular Degeneration FoundationIn Loving Memory of Peter R. DiestelP.O. Box 515Northampton, Massachusetts 01061-0515