William Diehl

April 14, 1933November 8, 2020

William "Bill" Diehl, age 87, passed away on November 8, 2020.

Beloved husband of Janice for 66 wonderful years. Loving father of Donna (William), Pam, and W. Tom (Sue). Cherished grandfather of 5 and great grandfather of 2. Dearest brother of Robert.

Bill proudly served in the US Navy. Worked for CF Burger Creamery for over 60 years and in his spare time, he enjoyed golfing.

A Funeral Mass for Bill will take place on Friday, November 13th at 12:30 pm (in state at 11:30 am) at St. Colette Catholic Church, Livonia. On Saturday, November 14th, there will be a Visitation from 10:30 am-12:30 pm at Harry J. Will Funeral Home, Livonia. Bill will be laid to rest at Glen Eden Memorial Park, 35667 Eight Mile Rd, Livonia, MI 48152.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are appreciated to the American Cancer Society.


  • In state

    Friday, November 13, 2020

  • Funeral Mass

    Friday, November 13, 2020

  • Visitation

    Saturday, November 14, 2020


William Diehl

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Jason Schoenherr

December 7, 2020

Our team at Erma's sends their condolences to the entire Diehl family. We will always appreciate Bill's personal attention, genuine spirit, and passion for his customers & industry. He played a small yet integral part of our family business' success over the decades. Since his retirement, we've missed seeing him and "his bride, Jan", at the annual GLICFFA trade show. We are sorry for your family's loss.

Christopher Omeara

November 13, 2020

Bill was a wonderful neighbor for about 34 years until the passing of my parents,Richard and Marlene O'Meara. We had outings with the Knights of Columbus and church get togethers. Went to school with their son Tom. We moved in yo our subdivision in the summer of 1965 about the same time . There was only a handfull of houses built at the time. He will be missed. Mr. Diehl. Tell my mom and dad hello from O'Meara children

Ted Mosure

November 13, 2020

I knew Bill through my work with I&K Distributing and JBJ Sales and Associates. We all enjoyed his pleasant demeanor and constant smile. God bless him and the family. He was a great guy.

Kim Williamson

November 13, 2020

Janice, Donna, Pam, Tom and family, while no words can ease the pain, may the outpouring of love by friends and family bring you solace. Bob and I send our deepest condolences at this extraordinarily difficult time. While we will not be there in person, know that you are all in our thoughts. The world has lost a wonderful human being, but Heaven has gained a truly precious soul.

Carol Angott Carabelli

November 12, 2020

We remember Bill fondly and want to express our sympathy to Jan and all the family. Bill was such a friendly person who was always willing to help anyone in need. We have memories of great Dairy Christmas parties and of course the State Fair which he was a master at managing. We will never forget his constant smile!

Bob & Carol Carabelli

Pam Anderson

November 12, 2020

Throughout all of my years of business and sales I'd have to say that my dad was, by far, the best salesman I've ever known. He cared so much about his customers. I think he must have written the book on customer service. When I was young my dad took me with him to work one day. We visited some of his customers. They all loved him. He brought joy and happiness to everyone. He was heavily involved in the Michigan State Fair. We looked forward to it every year. He served the BEST chocolate milk. One of my favorite things to do at the fair was drink the unlimited chocolate milk. My dad also introduced me to Polka Music, Kishka (polish blood sausage)(didn't know what it was till I got older....yuck.) and perogies. We went boating on the weekends, that was super fun. I have such wonderful memories of growing up. He was a wonderful father and a good friend. I will miss him everyday! I love you dad.

Alexandra Anderson

November 12, 2020

I remember when I was young and my grandpa always used to take my family and I to the Michigan State fair. It was my first time milking a cow in the barn which was a pretty fun experience. I remember how he used to get us the most fresh milk and it always tasted so good. He was always such a happy, bright person who wanted to put a smile on everyone’s face by cracking some jokes or just by asking how everyone was. He would always bring me next-door with some milk bones to play with the neighbors dog. My grandpa always was such a good role model and will be missed dearly.

Paul Waling

November 12, 2020

Thank you Bill for all of your good advice and friendly smiles.
Forever in our heart!

Dianne Tunison

November 12, 2020

I first met Bill at a school bid opening when I started at McDonald Dairy in 1986. We talked about Twin Pines Dairy and that, as a kid with 5 siblings, we had TP milk delivered right to our door. Bill told me he was "Milky the Clown" and I totally believed him because of his height and features! Later, we had a good laugh. I will miss Bill's smiling face and kindness. Janice and family, Bill was "one of the good ones"!

Susan Mesack

November 12, 2020

Bill was instrumental in creating the Great Lakes Ice Cream + Fast Food Association, formally known as the Michigan Soft Serve and Fast Food Association with Ward Anderson. Bill was a convention staple in the C F Burger trade show booth and served on the Board of Directors for over 30 years, President from 1991 to 1992 and Person of the Year in 2005.

On a personal note, I enjoyed seeing Bill and Jan smile at the convention and touched so many of our members lives. I found a couple of pictures you might enjoy. Bill and Ward Anderson (1983) and an early picture of the C F Burger trade show booth (late 1970's). Enjoy.

On behalf of our association, our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Susan Mesack, Executive Director
Great Lakes Ice Cream + Fast Food Association