Michael Dee Diefenbaugh, 67 of Merna passed away at his home Jan. 9, 2013.
Mike was born Oct. 15, 1945 in Dunning, to Junior and Willda (Crone) Diefenbaugh. He was raised in Merna and graduated from Merna High School in 1963. He was baptized in the Christian Church of Litchfield.
June 28, 1966, he married Judith Yantzie in Broken Bow. They lived in Merna for 46 years, where they raised four children: Misti, Michelle, Kristi and Kyle.
Mike was a charter member of the Merna Rescue Squad and has been a member of the Merna Volunteer Fire Depart-ment for 46 years. He worked at Wenquist Inc. for 32 years and looked forward to running his delivery route. He was the resident small engine repair man and could be found working in the garage on his days off.
He loved NASCAR and volunteering for the Sandhills Open Road Challenge. Mike was a loving husband, father, brother, and grandfather and could be found attending the activities of all his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Judith; daughters, Misti Diefenbaugh of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Michelle (Marv) Lane of Arcadia, Kristi (Scott) Thinnes of Idaho Falls, Idaho, and son Kyle (Kristy) Diefenbaugh of Elwood; grandchildren, Kayla Lane, Wyatt Lane, Kaya Thinnes, Baylee Diefenbaugh, Kaydee Diefenbaugh, and Brody Diefenbaugh; sisters, Joan (Jim) Foster of Merna, Yvonne Tucker of Merna, and Debra (Steve) Miller of Callaway.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Junior and Willda Diefenbaugh.
Memorials are suggested to the Merna Rescue Squad and Merna Volunteer Fire Department.
Funeral services were Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at the United Methodist Church in Broken Bow with the Rev. Glen Emert officiating. Burial was in the Merna Cemetery with Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow in charge of the arrangements.
Published in Custer County Chief, Jan. 17, 2013