EAST LIVERPOOL - Ray E. Diddle, of Calcutta, died Monday, February 4, 2013 at home following a battle with cancer. He was 91. Born in East Liverpool, December 12, 1921, he was a son of the late John E. and Gladys Elizabeth Tate Diddle.
A member of the East Liverpool High School Class of 1939, he was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served as a Captain in Europe during WWII.
After the war, he returned to East Liverpool and married Ruth Esther Paul on July 17th, 1945.
For many years he traveled to Columbus while employed with the former Ohio Bell Telephone Company until he retired in 1982. Ray remained very active remodeling and renting area homes for the last 30 years until his recent illness.
He faithfully attended the First Free Methodist Church, serving as a trustee for many years. He greatly enjoyed annual fishing trips to Canada with his sons, grandsons and other family members.
Ray is survived by his wife, Ruth Esther Diddle, at home. Two children also survive, a daughter Barbara Czeh, and her husband Richard, and a son, Jeff Diddle, and his wife Cathy, along with a sister, Delma Eisenhart, and a brother, Earl Diddle, and his wife Bonnie, all of East Liverpool.
A daughter-in-law survives as well, Aretta Diddle of Columbus.
There are ten grandchildren, Krista Diddle, Marcus Diddle, Zachary Calhoon, Emily Wolford, and her husband Nate, Nathanael Diddle, Timothy Diddle, Melissa Diddle, Amy Diddle, Brock Diddle and Kristina McKenzie.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sons, Roger Diddle and Bruce Diddle, five sisters, Mary Diddle, Martha Rush, Edna Klinsky, Ethel Moran and Ruth Rinehart, and four brothers, Harold Diddle, Howard Diddle, Floyd Diddle and Clyde W. Diddle.
Ray was an extremely generous, loving and caring man who will be greatly missed by his family, friends and everyone who knew him.
Friends may visit Thursday afternoon and evening at the Dawson Funeral Home where the family will be present from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Rev. Steve Forsythe of the church and Rev. Daryl A. Diddle, nephew, will conduct a funeral service at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery where the Tri-State Veterans Burial
Group will conduct military honors.
Following the service, family and friends will gather at the First Free Methodist Church for fellowship and continued remembrance.
Memorial tributes may take the form of contributions in care of the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675
View Mr. Diddle's memorial webpage and send condolences online at www.dawsonfuneralhome.com.