Roger Allan Diehm, age 54, of rural Kendallville, died unexpectedly Saturday, March 20, 2021 at his home. Roger was born at McCray Hospital in Kendallville, Indiana on March 14, 1967 to Wayne Edward and Lois Lenor (Hess) Diehm. He graduated from East Noble High School in 1986 and married Shelly Lynn Pranger 32 ½ years ago on October 20, 1989 at Calvary Chapel, Auburn. The heart of a king and a man of vision always improving. He was a legendary family man and entrepreneur with many ventures such as Diehm Construction, Schrader Real Estate, Heartland Organics and organic farming. He was a member of Life Bridge Church in Fort Wayne. He adored his family and was passionate about restoring old things, farming, building people and businesses. He always believed the best of all people, a champion of the underdog, he inspired those around him daily. Strong in his faith, Roger knew the goodness of God and the power of prayer. It was the core of his heart to share it with others.
Wife, Shelly Diehm of Kendallville.
Mother, Lois Diehm of Kendallville.
Son, Levi Diehm and his partner, Deanna Richmond of Kendallville.
Son, Samuel Diehm of Kendallville.
Daughter, Lynn Diehm Shively and her husband, Bryce Shively of Albion.
Daughter, Bekah Diehm of Kendallville and Nashville, Tennessee.
Two grandchildren, Claire Elizabeth Burns-Diehm and Fletching Shively of Albion.
Sister, Darlene and Tom Gisel of Kendallville.
Sister, Elizabeth Pfafman of Kendallville.
Sister, Karen and Mike Albaugh of Kendallville.
Sister, Barbara and Eric Wolf of LaOtto.
Sister, Janice Bradley of Avilla.
Brother, Wayne, Jr. and Jennifer Diehm of Kendallville.
Brother, Jon and Angel Diehm of Kendallville.
Roger was preceded in death by his father, Wayne Diehm in 2016 and his brother-in-law, Gary Pfafman in 2015.
Family and friends will gather at the Roger Diehm Family Farm, 10426 N. 1000 E., Kendallville on Thursday, March 25, 2021 from 12:00 noon until 8:00 PM. Visitation will also be held Friday from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM prior to the funeral service.
A funeral service in Roger’s honor will be held Friday, March 26, 2021 at 12:00 noon at the Diehm Family Farm. Pastor Bill Campbell will officiate the service.
Burial will follow at Fairfield Center Cemetery, Dekalb County.
Casket bearers will be Jon Diehm, Wayne Diehm, Chris Pranger, Marlin Stutzman, Urban Ley, Kelly Kammerer, Nate Schermerhorn and R.D. Schrader.
Memorial donations may be made to Shelly Diehm.
Arrangements entrusted to Hite Funeral Home.
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