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Clarence G. Diedrich - 86

1/20/1934 - 5/2/2020

Goose Lake, IA

Clarence G. Diedrich age 86 of Goose Lake, passed away Saturday, May 2, 2020 at Westwing Place in DeWitt.  According to his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded.  A Funeral Liturgy outside of Mass will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, May 7th at the Pape Funeral Home.  A gathering of family and friends will be held from 3-6 PM on Wednesday, May 6th at Pape Funeral Home.  In compliance with the Iowa Department of Public Health, no more than 10 people will be allowed to gather during the visitation.  Inurnment will be at Assumption Catholic Cemetery in Charlotte.  Honorary Pall Bearers will be Derek, Dylan, Danae and Damon Diedrich, Demi Adrian, Adam Stolk, Season Kutch and Timon Brooks.  

 

     Clarence was born on January 20, 1934 in Clinton County, the son of George and Rose (Rickerl) Diedrich.  He married Marietta Sullivan on May 5, 1954 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bryant, IA.  Clarence was a member of Assumption Catholic Church in Charlotte and a lifetime member of the American Quarter Horse Association.  He enjoyed spending time with his friends and family, especially attending horse shows, barrel races and training barrel horses. 

 

     Clarence is survived by his wife Marietta; his children, Dan (Cindy) Diedrich or Charlotte, Deb (Robyn) Rogis of Bryant, Dale (Tammy) Diedrich of Goose Lake, Dave Diedrich of Goose Lake and Duane (Christine) Diedrich of Charlotte; his grandchildren, Nicki, Cody, Adam, Season, Timon, Amy, Jared, Angela, Ace, Addison, Sydney, Chavez, Derek, Dylan, Demi, Danae and Damon; 17 great grandchildren; four step-great grandchildren; brothers Donald (Macel) and Dick (Diane) Diedrich; sisters Marilyn Stevenson, Evelyn Fuegen and Ellen (Steve) Maxwell and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Gerry Thomas.  On behalf of Clarence’s family, a special thank you goes out to his surviving horse show family throughout the country.    

Gathering of Friends

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 3-6 PM on Wednesday, May 6th at Pape Funeral Home. In compliance with the Iowa Department of Public Health, no more than 10 people will be allowed to gather during the visitation.

Memorial Service:

According to his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. A Funeral Liturgy outside of Mass will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, May 7th at the Pape Funeral Home.

12 Comments

  • Brenda Bertram

    4 weeks ago

    Marietta and family, 

    Sorry for your loss. Uncle Clarence will be remember in a private Mass at Jesus Christ, Prince of Peace Catholic Church. 

    The memories of a strong and determined man come to mind. The leather belts that he made for each one of us with our names on them. Boy, did those belts last. I believe we out grow them before they even begin to look worn.  Uncle Clarence never let anything stop him after he was in the wheel chair. The trips to the barn to see and work with the horses. How he would walk around on crutches and then lean against the pole while at family events, in the old town hall. I remember being amazed how he could drive the truck without using his legs. Uncle Clarence had a life changing accident but he passed along a willing spirit and an amazing work ethic. A few choice words or two as well would fly from his lips. But that was Uncle Clarence.

    May angels guide Clarence and bring him into paradise; and may all the martyrs come forth to welcome him home; and may they lead Clarence into the holy city, Jerusalem. May the angels chorus sing to welcome Clarence, and like Lazarus, forgotten and poor, he shall have everlasting rest.  

    Rest in Peace. 

    Prayers & Peace, Brenda and Robert Bertram

  • Dawn Hasz

    4 weeks ago

    I knew Clarence from barrel racing. Always friendly and willing to talk and share a story. He will be missed. To Clarence's family:  I'm so sorry for such a great loss.  Hugs and prayers for you all!

  • Jim

    4 weeks ago

    I met Clarence and his family around 50 years ago. He was a good man and a true horseman. It's people like Clarence that made America great. It was a pleasure to have known him. May he rest in peace. My condolences to his family and friends.

  • Kristin Miller Ludvicek

    4 weeks ago

    I was fortunate to grow up showing horses and running barrels with the whole family. My childhood memories of Clarence are many. But, the overwhelming one is of his smile. He was always great to us. And oh how we loved watching Rattler run.  So glad I got to grow up with you all and later work at the Disney Store with Melody Siver! What are the odds. We were talking one day about horses and she mentioned her uncle had horses and that he used crutches, I looked at her and said" his name isn't Clarence Deidrich is it?"well we know the answer so I told her he might not remember me but I bet he'll remember my horse, Big Red. He did and it was great to talk to Mel about him. Prayers and hugs to you all. Thanks for being a big part of my childhood.

  • Robin L Marlowe

    4 weeks ago

    Diedrich family,  So sorry for the loss of a great horseman and neighbor. May God help you thru this harden time. Blessings and good memories to all.

  • Roy and Linda Rathje

    4 weeks ago

    We are so sorry for your loss. He will never be forgotten. As a roommate in the hospital I could never feel sorry for my self when Clarence was so strong and never complained. He was a great horseman. He could stand for hours on crutches at a horse show or sale. He has forgotten more than we will ever know about horses. Rest in peace Clarence.

  • Teresa A Miller

    4 weeks ago

    So sorry for your loss!!  I am one of Gerry's daughters (Clarence's sister).  Your family has been thru a lot.  Hold strong and God Bless You!!

  • Barbara Schultz

    4 weeks ago

    Marietta and Family,

     

    Very sorry for your loss.  May God wrap his arms around your family and give you love and understanding.  Wishing we could all be together to celebrate Clarence's life. I will be thinking of you all and keeping you in my prayers. 

  • Susan King

    4 weeks ago

    I am so very sorry to hear of Clarence's passing. He was such a character, I always enjoyed visiting with him. Please accept my condolences. 

  • Kim & Dan Bennett

    3 weeks, 6 days ago

    Sympathy and prayers to all of Clarence's family and friends.

  • Crystal Machande

    3 weeks, 6 days ago

     

    So sorry for your loss. Love, blessings and sincere sympathies to Clarence's family and friends.

  • Rhonda Eickert

    1 week, 6 days ago

    Marietta I am sorry to see the passing of your husband. My condolences to you and your family. May he be in peace. I hope you are well.

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