Richard K. Diehl passed away peacefully in his daughter's home at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 18, 2013.
Richard was born in Emmaus, Pa. on Oct. 25, 1932 to Ambrose and Marguerite Diehl. He graduated from Emmaus High School in 1950. Richard then joined the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and traveled the world for four years aboard the destroyer, the U.S.S. Picking. He served as radar operator and aided in the rescue missions of numerous downed pilots in enemy territory. After completing his service, Richard returned to Emmaus High School for a year to take college preparatory classes before enrolling in Penn State in 1955. He married his girlfriend, music teacher Shirley Irene Kemmerer, in 1957. Richard graduated from Penn State in 1959 with a degree in chemical engineering, and began his career with Firestone in Potts-town, Pa. Richard and Shirley's daughter, Lisa, was born in 1965. The family moved to Baton Rouge, La. in 1978, where Richard began work as Plant Engineer at the new Firestone facility he helped design in Addis, La. The plant was eventually sold to Occidental Petroleum Corp., where Richard worked as a consultant before retiring to start his new job as the loving "Pop Pop" to four grandchildren. Richard is survived by his wife of 56 years, Shirley Diehl, daughter Lisa Ann Diehl, MD, and son-in-law Burl E. Forgey IV, MD. Richard cherished his grandchildren, Elizabeth, Quint, Henry Richard, and George. He is preceded by his brother, Lawson, and is survived by siblings Gerald, Eileen and Arlan. Services were held Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 3 p.m. in St. Paul Lutheran Church at 2021 Tara Blvd. in Baton Rouge, La. Richard was a supporter of Heifer International. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to fund the purchase of a camel through this organization.