Christopher Michael Diestel

February 19, 1972October 15, 2018

Christopher M. Diestel, 46, of Kent, passed away October 15, 2018. He was born February 19, 1972 in Ravenna to Linda and Joseph Diestel.

From childhood, Chris had questions; he wanted to understand every little detail about anything and everything. Chris was always reading and learning and sharing his wealth of knowledge. From early on, he was naturally athletic. Chris had an amazing hand-eye coordination and better than perfect vision which made him difficult to beat in ping-pong and darts. He was one of those people who could excel in any athletic competition, but this was not his passion. These skills were invaluable to Chris in his time as a professional hunter/guide on a game farm in South Africa. All his life, Chris loved fishing and became extremely knowledgeable of antique lures. Like his father Joe, Chris could talk and people often gravitated toward him at social gatherings as he had much to say that people found interesting, if not enlightening. Chris was a lover of people and of his dogs, a kind soul with a good heart, perhaps too much so for this world. He will be missed.

Left to remember Chris’ love are his sister, Lisa (Bob) Schwan of Garrettsville, his brothers, Jim (Denise) Diestel of Akron, Geoff Diestel of Oregon, and the love of his life, Peggy Eileen Diestel of Missouri, daughter Emily Stepanek and grandson Max, also of Missouri, and countless loved ones!

Friends and family are invited to share memories and stories and celebrate his life in a relaxed and informal gathering Saturday, November 3rd from 1-4:30pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent, 228 Gougler Ave., Kent, Ohio 44240.

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john monks

February 22, 2019

Met Chris in Cooperstown,NY,along with many members of his family.
Good times. Laughter, Banter, Friendship.
Peace to Chris.
- J...

Terence Capellini

February 19, 2019

Chris, you were and will always be an absolute gem; a person with such love of life, friends, family, and all things outdoors. Knowing you made me a better person! I wish I could have talked to you one last time - breaks my heart. While these thoughts are very belated, I wish his family my sincere condolences and hope they find solace in the fact that he touched so many people far and wide.

Gabby Talkington

November 3, 2018

Although we never met in person we shared passion for old fishing lures. It was truly a privilege to have been able to explore his knowledge of them and share experiences. Prayers for comfort and peace for his family and loved ones

Meg Guggisberg maggard

October 25, 2018

My heart is with your family. Chris was one of my favorite people. We had a friendship that lasted over 20 years and always picked up like we had seen each other yesterday. I will forever miss him. I hope he is at peace now back up with the stars. ♡ pic 8-24-18