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Daniel Lee Diel
(December 15, 1950 - February 9, 2013)

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Daniel Lee Diel

Daniel Lee Diel, age 62 Of Mattoon, IL and formerly of Newton, IL passed away at 12:30 PM –Saturday, February 9, 2013 at his home. Funeral services celebrating Daniel’s life will be held at 1:00 PM – Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at the Blake-Buchanan Funeral Home in Newton, IL with Nate Hagen officiating. Burial will be in the Island Creek Cemetery in rural Gila, IL. Visitation will be held 2 hours before the service. In loving memory of Daniel, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. The obituary can be viewed and condolences left at Daniel was born on December 15, 1950 in Effingham County, IL the son of Daniel Ebbert and Mary Ethyl (Ball) Diel. Daniel was a 1969 graduate of Newton Community High School and a 1973 graduate of Southern Illinois University. Daniel was retired from the Canadian National Railroad after 35 years of service as a locomotive engineer. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Newton. Daniel enjoyed playing golf, woodworking, reading and listening to music. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. Daniel is survived by: Fiancé’ – Debbie Mote of Mattoon, IL 3 Daughters – Sarah (Jay) Hughes of Gays, IL Kelly (Joe) Bialeschski of Champaign, IL Laura (Jeff) Finke of Champaign, IL 8 Grandchildren - Cameron Hughes, Chloe Diel, Bella Bialeschski, Logan Bialeschski, Michael Finke, Nick Finke, Tim Finke and Ashley Finke Brother – Harry (Jennifer) Diel of Jewett, IL Sister – Doris (Greg) Pickens of Wheeler, IL Daniel was preceded in death by his parents and sister Elizabeth Prosser.


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