Steven “Steve” W. Diehl of Darien and Trumbull, died at the age of 69 on May 3 after a battle with lung cancer.
Born in Elizabethtown, N.Y. on Feb. 28, 1944, he was the son of the late Everett Diehl and the late Annette Larsen Diehl. He was preceded in death by his brother Curtis.
Mr. Diehl graduated from Greenwich High School and served in the U.S. Air Force. He enjoyed his four years in the service and had many stories of his job as an airplane mechanic in Okinawa, Japan.
Once out of the service, Mr. Diehl had many different and diverse jobs but will be remembered for his 15 years as owner of Ace Lock & Lawnmower in Darien. Called “Ace” by many customers, he was noted for being able to fix a lawnmower with uncanny ease. He was also proud to have his family work with him during that time, with wife and children running around the shop helping wherever they could.
After the closing of his store, Mr. Diehl held a few different jobs — his last two being a school bus driver for the town of New Canaan and working at Hiller Sports in Norwalk.
Mr. Diehl enjoyed his many interests. He loved cooking and was always coming up with new dishes. His family will greatly miss his fried rice and spare ribs, they said. One of his greatest delights was watching people enjoy the food he had prepared. He enjoyed gardening and planting with a “green thumb.” Later in life he discovered his talents in woodworking, making many beautiful pieces of furniture.
Mr. Diehl had a lifetime enjoyment in fishing. He could talk non-stop about his trips from Lake Champlain in Vermont and to the Florida Keys. He carried over his hobbies by making his own beautiful fishing rods and lures. Mr. Diehls’s life goal was accomplished when he built his 16 foot flats fishing boat in his backyard.
Mr. Diehl is survived by his devoted wife Maureen and his three children: Brian, his wife Kimberly, and their daughter Elizabeth; as well as his son Sean, and daughter Catherine “Katie.” He was loved and will be greatly missed by his family and many friends, his family said.
Funeral services were held at the Edward Lawrence Funeral Home on Wednesday, May 8 at 11 a.m. Burial followed at St. Michael’s Cemetery, Stratford.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 38 Richards Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06854.