Joseph Diekemper was born in Hollywood California, on November 21, 1933, to Ray and Lillian Diekemper. In his senior year of High School, the family moved from Carmel California to Lubbock Texas. Joe worked in the oil fields to help the family, and to pay for college.
Joseph entered Stanford University, after High School, and earned a degree in History, graduating a semester early.
He then received a Naval Commission, entering the Navy as an Ensign. He trained, and became, a Navy Pilot, rising to the rank of Lt. Commander.
After being honorably discharged from the Navy, Joseph started flying commercially for Pan Am Airlines in 1965. Pan Am became his family, and he married a Pan Am stewardess, Teresa Six, in 1966.
Joe and Teresa moved to West Berlin, Germany in 1967. Joe loved German culture and music. He remained based in Berlin, for Pan Am, another three years. After Berlin, the family moved stateside.
Joseph retired from Pan Am in 1991 and moved to Prescott to build his dream home. He also helped many other people, especially veterans and widow buy their own homes.
He purchased and refurbished, mobile homes. He then rented-to-own these properties. He was a very generous landlord, in that his renters were not just paying rent, they were actually buying their own homes!
His generosity extended to his family as well. He is survived by: Heidi Keihl, Anne Diekemper, Joseph Diekemper, and John Diekemper, and their children. Grandchildren include: Jesse and Lily Emerson, Alexandra, Hannah, and Konrad Keihl, and, Anna, Eva, and, Sara Diekemper.
Joseph Walter Diekemper died peacefully, in his own home, surrounded by his daughters; Heidi and Anne, on November 1st, 2021.
He has two parents; and one grandson, Christopher Emerson, preceding him.
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