William R. Diehl, Jr, age 65 of Kenmore (and recently of Wadsworth), OH (formerly of Daytona Beach and Gainesville, FL.) passed away on Saturday, September 24, 2022 after a brave battle to overcome injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in March of 2021. Bill was a roofer by trade, but his love of cooking also led him to be employed as a chef in many fine hotels in the state of Florida for many years.
He was an Air Force veteran and an avid bingo player and his passion was going to yard sales or flea markets every Saturday while in Florida to add to his extensive collections of many items including Minions and mini sports helmets. He loved the Cleveland Browns, Indians, and Cavaliers and rooted for them even while living in Florida for over 20 years. He had a great sense of humor and was fond of witty puns.
Bill was most proud of his sobriety of over 5 years (January 24, 2017) before his accident. He often said if he had known what a joy it was like to be sober, he would have done it years ago.
Bill was preceded in death by his mother and stepfather, Barbara and William Thompson, his beloved grandmother, Grace Lewellen, his brother Tom Thompson and father William Diehl.
Left to mourn his passing are his sisters, Debi (David) Rebovich, Laura Hykes, Wendy (Donald) Wallace, Patti (Mike) Denham and Kimberly (James)Spahn. He also leaves his daughter, Carol (Claro) Quezada, his sons, Joseph and Ben and daughter, Holly, four grandsons, and many nieces and nephews and friends. Special thanks to John Hammer and John Goodnight for their friendship over the years. Also, special thanks and appreciation to the entire staff of the Sanctuary of Wadsworth and Transition Hospice for the special care they gave him.
His wish was for his ashes to be scattered over Daytona Beach where he resided for many years.
A Celebration of Life will take place at 140 Silvercreek Rd., Wadsworth, OH 44281 on Saturday, October 1, 2022 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.