Eugene Diederich


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Posted Online: April 28, 2013, 6:21 pm
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Eugene T. "Gene" Diederich, 88, of Carbon Cliff, died on Saturday, April 27, 2013, at Illini Restorative Care, Silvis.
Per his wishes, cremation rites will be accorded. A memorial Mass will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 1, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 800 17th St., Silvis. Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, 6601 38th Ave., Moline. Burial of cremains will be at National Cemetery, Rock Island Arsenal, with military honors conducted by East Moline American Legion Post 227. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association and East Moline VFW Post 2056.
Gene was born on Dec. 14, 1924, in St. Bernard, Neb., the son of Joseph and Helen Kurtenbach Diederich.
He married Annette Mitton on April 30, 1949, in East Moline.
Gene was employed as an electrician with Case IH for 38½ years, retiring in 1987. He was a World War II Army veteran. Gene was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, East Moline American Legion Post 227, East End Club, Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 1839, Carbon Cliff, Silvis Optimist Club and VFW Post 2056.
Survivors are wife, Annette J. Diederich, Carbon Cliff; children, Deborah Beauchamp, East Moline, and Dan Diederich, Moline; Kevin (Annette M.) Diederich, East Moline; granddaughters, Kim (Todd) Verbeckmoes, East Moline, Kari (Scott) Searl, Hillsdale, and Angie Diederich, Rock Island; grandson, Adam Diederich, and fiance, Kimber Langel, East Moline; great-grandchildren, Alec and Evan Verbeckmoes and Preston and Jaden Searl; sister, Geraldine VanderBeke, East Moline; brother, Joseph Diederich, Indianapolis, Ind.; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by sisters, Evelyn, Adeline and Luella; and brothers, Elmer, Edwin, Clarence, Roman, Harold, Kenny and Cyril.
Special thanks to the doctors, nurses and staff at Illini Restorative Care, Iowa City Hospitals, Park Vista, Genesis Hospice and Genesis Illini Hospital.
Online condolences may be left for his family by visiting esterdahl.com.












 



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