Daniel Lee Diel (62) of Mattoon, formerly of Newton


Published on February 11 2013 10:29 am

Daniel Lee Diel, 62, of Mattoon, formerly of Newton, died at 12:30pm Saturday, February 9, 2013 at his home.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, February 13 at 1pm at Blake-Buchanan Funeral Home in Newton.  Visitation will be from 11am to 1pm Wednesday.  Burial in Island Creek Cemetery, rural Gila.  Memorials to the American Cancer Society.

Daniel was born on December 15, 1950 in Effingham County, IL 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: Fiancé’ – Debbie Mote of Mattoon, IL; 3 Daughters – Sarah (Jay) Hughes of Gays, IL, Kelly (Joe) Bialeschski of Champaign, IL and Laura (Jeff) Finke of Champaign, IL; 8 Grandchildren - Cameron Hughes, Chloe Diel, Bella Bialeschski, Logan Bialeschski, Michael Finke, Nick Finke, Tim Finke and Ashley Finke; Brother – Harry (Jennifer) Diel of Jewett, IL; Sister – Doris (Greg) Pickens of Wheeler, IL.

Daniel was preceded in death by his parents and sister Elizabeth Prosser.