Frank George Diekmann
June 9, 1956 – August 31, 2020
Frank died on Aug. 31, 2020 of Covid-19. He was much loved by friends and family and is greatly missed. We’ve waited a year and are now ready to celebrate Frank’s life. There will be an open house from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the VFW Hall in Wilmont, Mn on Saturday Aug 28, 2021. There will be a prayer service and military honors starting at 1:15 pm. After please join us in the Hall for some R & R (refreshments and reminiscing). Please come and visit and share your “Frank stories”.
Frank was born to Ted and Salome (Hoffman) Diekmann on June 9, 1956 in Adrian, Mn, the sixth of seven children. He grew up on a farm near St Kilian, Mn and attended school in St Kilian and Adrian, Mn, graduating from Adrian High School in 1974.
He enlisted in the US Army and served from 1976-1979. Proud of his service, he was in the 17th Air Cavalry/82nd Airborne Division. His military commendations included an Expert Weapons Qualification Badge in Rifle and Grenade. He achieved the rank of Sergeant and was a Crew Chief on an OH-58 Helicopter (Aero-Scout). He was stationed at Fort Knox - KY, Fort Rucker – AL, Fort Benning – GA, and Fort Bragg – NC.
After discharge he attended Winona Technical College for airline mechanics. He moved to Houston TX and worked first as a helicopter mechanic and then for Continental Airlines. He moved back to Minnesota and worked for Northwest Airlines and then Delta Airlines. He worked for Delta until his retirement Aug 9, 2020.
He is survived by his children, Nichole Diekmann of Seattle WA and Joel (Angie) Diekmann of Farmington MN and grandchildren Mason and Lyla of Farmington MN. Other survivors include his siblings – Stephanie Diekmann of Minneapolis, Terry Hopkins of Minneapolis, Dan (Marian) Diekmann of Lismore, Marcie (Jim) Balster of Wilmont, Randy (Sylvia) Diekmann of Zion, IL, and Mark (Kim) Diekmann of Chanhassen as well as 3 generations of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Ted and Salome Diekmann of St Kilian.
Frank lived large and enjoyed many things in life. Above all he relished the time he could spend with his children and grandchildren. His love of life didn’t end with his death. His children and grandchildren will continue to honor his legacy.