Vernon A. Diederich, 90, died Friday, May 4 at the Washington County Hospital. Visitation was Monday, May 7, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic, Greenleaf. A rosary service was held at 6 p.m., Monday, at the church. Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, May 8, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Kimeo. Burial was in St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery. Vernon was born at Kimeo on July 4, 1921 to Mathias and Mary (Perott) Diederich. He was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church and later Sacred Heart Catholic, Greenleaf. Vernon was a farmer and raised cattle and pigs. He enjoyed reading his bible and spending time with family. On April 26, 1945, he was united in marriage to Evelyn Laird at Kimeo. She preceded him in death in 1989. He was also preceded in death by his parents; infant son, John Michael; brother, Joseph Diederich; and sisters, Bernadine Martin, Helen Martin, Viola Martin, Leona Schultz and Dorothy Shaw. Survivors include his sons; Michael (Della) Diederich, Patrick (Bonnie) Diederich, John (Cheryl) Diederich, Mathias (Kelli) Diederich, all of Greenleaf; daughters, Dorothy Diederich, Greenleaf, Helen (Delmar) Weiche, Barnes, Sally (John) Walter, JoAnn (Randy) Thorman, all of Greenleaf, Mary Lisa Diederich, Manhattan; sister, Mildred Bulk, Topeka; several grandchildren and great grandchildren. A memorial fund has been established in his name and will be designated later. Contributions may be sent in care of Ward Funeral Home.
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