Ervin Diede, 85, of Hastings, MN and formerly of Miller, SD, entered into eternal peace on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at the Augustana Care Center in Hastings, MN.
Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, January 16, 2016 at the First United Methodist Church, Miller with Rev. Brian Jones officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery, Miller, with military honors. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.
Ervin was born on March 13, 1929, to Albert and Rose (Haeffner) Diede in Miller, SD. He attended school in Miller, SD and Highmore, SD. He served in the armed forces in Korea from 1951 to 1953 and was awarded the Korean Service Medal with bronze service star, United Nations Service Medal and the Bronze Star Medal. Upon his honorable discharge he returned to South Dakota and became a journeyman lineman which remained his proud chosen profession until his retirement in 1994.
On June 26, 1955, he married Loretta Rosemore at the United Methodist church in Miller, SD. They moved multiple times for his profession settling in Hastings, MN for the majority of his life. Briefly they resided in Mesa, AZ, but returned to Hastings upon his retirement. He was a lifelong member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, mostly based from Local 160 in Minneapolis, MN and retired out of Local 769 in Phoenix, AZ. He was also a lifelong member of the American Legion, VFW Post 1210 and attended the United Methodist Church in Hastings, MN. His main interests were repairing and remodeling, and taking care of his family which he loved dearly. Ervin was a very caring and compassionate person, and always put the needs of others before his own.
He leaves his loving memories to be cherished by his wife, Loretta Diede of Hastings, MN; son, Craig (Debbie) Diede of Glendale, AZ; daughter, Renetta Diede of Hastings, MN; grandchildren: Lyndsey Diede and Kyle Diede of Phoeniz, AZ, Daniel Diede of Minneapolis, MN; sisters: Phyllis Bell of Wichita, KS, Inez (Sally) Chalk of Ft Collins, CO, Velda (Browni) Pitcher of Metairie, LA; sisters-in-law, Hazel Martell and Leila (Marlin) Jerpseth; brother-in-law, Jim Barrett; many nieces and nephews along with countless family and friends whom were blessed to know him.
He was preceded in passing by his parents; brother, Elmer Diede; and sister, Charlotte Barrett; and his very special uncle and aunt, Emil and Lena Mehrer.
Reck Funeral Home of Miller has been entrusted with Erv’s arrangements.