James 'Jim' Eldon Diehl

August 23, 1949February 8, 2021

James ‘Jim’ Eldon Diehl, Anniston, AL, passed away on February 8, 2021 at RMC after post-COVID complications. Chapel Hill Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Celebrations of Life will be held in Alabama and Pennsylvania at later dates, due to COVID safety precautions.

Jim was born August 23, 1949 in Waynesboro, PA. After graduating from Greencastle-Antrim High School, Greencastle, PA in 1967, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. Serving in Vietnam, he earned several medals, including a Purple Heart. After honorable discharge in 1971, Jim worked in manufacturing at Grove, Arnold Graphics (later Reynolds and Reynolds) and the Letterkenny Army Depot, all in PA. Once relocated to AL, Jim worked in Heavy Mobile Equipment Repair at the Anniston Army Depot until his retirement in 2011.

Jim was a lifetime member of the Harry D. Zeigler VFW post #6319 and American Legion post #373, Greencastle, PA.

Jim was a kind, warm-hearted, and giving person. To know Jim was to love Jim. He was quick-witted, and enjoyed playing small jokes on his co-workers and family. He loved God, his country, and his family. He was a very proud Marine, a loving and understanding husband, and a great dad, step-dad and pappy.

The dedication to his family was top priority. He loved all sports, especially the Dallas Cowboys and most of all, the NY Yankees. His family enjoyed traveling and Daytona Beach, FL was a favorite destination. His love for animals grew into saving may rescue dogs over the years and even being Santa Paws for a few years for Christmas pet pictures.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Bruce “Bill” Diehl and Gwendolyn Diehl; and sister, Shelva “Jean” Knepper (Barry).

Jim is survived by his loving wife of 28 years, Bonnie (Morgan) Diehl, Anniston, AL; daughter, Tanya Diehl, Hagerstown, MD; step-son, Colby Hockensmith (Misti), Anniston, AL; grandchildren, Corey Diehl, Ashlyn Ketchens, Kira Diehl, Trevin Diehl all of Hagerstown, MD, Brooklynn Hockensmith, Anniston, AL; sisters, Connie Todd (Jeff), Greencastle, PA, Lori Mason (Greg) of Inwood, WV; brothers, Charlie (Debby) Diehl, Anniston, AL., Steve Diehl, Ellicott City, MD., Rick Diehl, Toledo, OH., Tim Diehl (Trish), Baltimore, MD., and numerous nieces, nephews, and great-grandchildren.

The family requests memorial donations to Semper Fi Rescue, 105 Sanders Cemetery Road, Cedartown, GA., 30125

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Bonnie Diehl

February 18, 2021

We were a match. When we first met, we couldn't stand each other. 10 years later, we married. 30 years more of awesome memories. I treasure each and every memory of mine and of everyone with our time with Jim. He is, and always will be, loved.


February 11, 2021

I've heard stories about Jim from my dad (John Talhelm).
Although we've never met, I appreciate all of Jim's sacrifices for our country, as a fellow veteran and commend his honor and valor as a Purple Heart recipient.
I wish peace to all of his family, and hope that their fond memories of Jim soon heal their sorrow.
Rest in Peace, Jim!

Larry Burger

February 11, 2021

Jim took me under his wing when I moved from Hagerstown to State Line in 1964. We were the State Line Boys. Had lots of fun together at school functions and shared lots of beers together. After 18 years of being in CA I met up with him when I moved back to Pa. We shared many good times together with other State Line boys like RickFox, George Hafer , his brother Charlie. I'm sure he'll be missed by all his good friends from high school. Our prayers are with your family.

Susan and Calvin Bonebrake

February 11, 2021

So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Our deepest sympathy to Bonnie and Jim’s entire family. We have many fond memories of good times shared with Jim years ago here in Greencastle.🙏🙏🙏💕

Trudy Ensminger

February 10, 2021

I was a classmate of Jim’s and he had the best laugh that I will always remember .