MATTOON – Daniel Lee Diel, 62, of Mattoon and formerly of Newton, passed away at 12:30 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 9, 2013) at his home.
Funeral services celebrating Daniel's life will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Blake-Buchanan Funeral Home in Newton, with Nate Hagen officiating. Burial will be in the Island Creek Cemetery in rural Gila. Visitation will be held two hours before the service.
In loving memory of Daniel, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
The obituary can be viewed and condolences left at www.blakefh.com.
Daniel was born Dec. 15, 1950, in Effingham County, the son of Daniel Ebbert and Mary Ethyl (Ball) Diel.
Daniel was a 1969 graduate of Newton Community High School and a 1973 graduate of Southern Illinois University.
Daniel was retired from the Canadian National Railroad after 35 years of service as a locomotive engineer. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Newton.
Daniel enjoyed playing golf, woodworking, reading and listening to music.
Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.
Daniel is survived by his fiancee, Debbie Mote of Mattoon; three daughters, Sarah (Jay) Hughes of Gays, Kelly (Joe) Bialeschski of Champaign and Laura (Jeff) Finke of Champaign; eight grandchildren, Cameron Hughes, Chloe Diel, Bella Bialeschski, Logan Bialeschski, Michael Finke, Nick Finke, Tim Finke and Ashley Finke; brother, Harry (Jennifer) Diel of Jewett; and sister, Doris (Greg) Pickens of Wheeler.
Daniel was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Elizabeth Prosser.