Joe Diener

July 22, 1932 — August 17, 2017

Joe Diener

JOE DIENER, 85 of Cooks Mills, IL passed away at 9:38 A.M. on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at his residence.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Monday, August 21, 2017 at the Arthur Mennonite Church.  Rev. Glen Rhodes and Rev. Carl Helmuth will officiate.  Burial will be in the Arthur Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. and 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Sunday at the church.  The Edwards Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.

Joe was born on July 22, 1932 in Moultrie County.   He was a son of Menno A. and Barbara C. (Gingerich) Diener.   He married Elizabeth Bontrager on November 27, 1952 in Bourbon, IL.

He is survived by his wife, three sons, Larry Diener and his wife Kathryn of Casey, IL, Richard Diener of Metamora, IL and Donald Diener and his wife Carol of Cooks Mills, IL; 5 grandchildren, Kristol Durr and her husband Dustin of Washington, IL, Clinton Joseph Diener of Carthage, MO, Justin Diener of Chicago, IL, Joe Diener of Mattoon, IL, and Katherine Diener of Cooks Mills, IL; 1 step-great-grandson, Matthew Leevy and his wife Jenna of Granger, IN; 5 great-granddaughters, Alexis, Paige, Adelyn, Elena and Olivia; two brothers, Ben Diener and his wife Ella and Levi Diener both of Arthur, IL.

He is preceded in death by parents, one son, Robert Joseph Diener; siblings Lena Mullet, Katie Otto, Andy Diener, Mary Miller, Enos Diener.

Joe was a member of the Arthur Mennonite Church.

He had been a farmer his entire life.  He had sold International Harvester Machinery and had been part owner at King Brothers in Arcola, IL.

In 1972 Joe was called into Ministry having served as a Pastor at several Mennonite Churches.  He served in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Kansas.


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