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John Diede, Jr

  • Birth 31 Aug 1916 Canada
  • Death 27 Sep 2006 Edmonton, Edmonton Census Division, Alberta, Canada
  • Burial Wenatchee, Chelan County, Washington, USA
  • Memorial ID 53367681

m: Mary Agnes (Shafer) Davis 8 Jul 1944 in Chelan Co, WA

Wenatchee World - Oct 8, 2006

John Diede Jr.

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

John Diede Jr., 90, a longtime Wenatchee orchardist and cold storage pioneer, passed away on Wednesday, September 27, 2006, at Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He was born on August 31, 1916, on a wheat ranch at Leader, Saskatchewan, Canada, one of ten children of John and Elizabeth (Krieder) Diede. The family moved to Index, WA in 1920, and later to Wenatchee in 1925. He worked in orchards in Wenatchee from his early family years until his retirement. His years in Wenatchee were interrupted only by WWII. During the war, he was in the Merchant Marines, (Army Transport), from 1942-1945. He spent all of his Merchant Seaman's years traveling between Seattle and the Aleutian Islands. He had participated in the Attu Invasion opposing Japan's occupation. On July 8, 1944, he was married to Mary Agnes Shafer, (his high school sweetheart). At the war's end, he returned to Wenatchee, where he started the family ranch on 13 acres on Methow Street. He, in later year's expanded the orchard to total 33 acres. In 1959, he was a partner with Lovitt Mining Company in the first Controlled Atmosphere Storage in Wenatchee. He operated the family fruit ranch until he retired in 1980, and moved to Tucson, AZ. He remained in Tucson until returning to Wenatchee in 1995. In February of 2005, he moved to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada to be near his daughter, because of failing health.

He is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, John W. and Ann Diede of Wenatchee; one daughter, Joan Kaiser of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; three brothers, Henry Diede of Blaine, WA, Christian Diede and William Diede both of Wenatchee; two sisters, Alice Overman of Spokane and Alma Williams of Bloomington, MN; two grandsons, Mark J. Diede of Fresno, CA, and Jason Kaiser of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and one great grandson, Peter of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Elizabeth Diede; his wife, Mary; three brothers, Herbert, Alvin and Albert Diede; and one sister, Helen.

Commemoration Services will be held on Wednesday, October 11, 2006, at 11:00 a.m. at Telford's Chapel of the Valley with Chaplain Scott Langager officiating. The Services will conclude in the chapel. Friends who wish may make memorial donations in his name to the C.W.H. Hospice Program. Local arrangements are by Telford's Chapel of the Valley, East Wenatchee.

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  • Added: 7 Jun 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 53367681
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John Diede, Jr (31 Aug 1916–27 Sep 2006), Find A Grave Memorial no. 53367681, citing Wenatchee City Cemetery, Wenatchee, Chelan County, Washington, USA ; Maintained by Teresa (contributor 46969893) .