Gunter W. Diehl, 79, of Plantation, Florida passed away June 27, 2014. No formal funeral services were held.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to History of Diving Mueseum 82990 Overseas Highway; Islamorada, FL 33036 or Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Diving Program 8000 North Ocean Drive Dania Beach, FL 33004 Cremation arrangements by T. M. Ralph Plantation Funeral Home 954-587-6888 tmralph.com
Gunter is always a live presence, growing up in Saarbrucken, Germany from 1935, through World War II and becoming a master carpenter with all certificates by age 18. He then immigrated to eastern Canada, soon to travel by train to British Columbia. Always a nature lover and hiker with a prestigious group in Germany. He was awed by the stunning expanse and beauty of Canada.
He soon became a proficient sawmill operator, timber man, camper, and then a bush pilot and business man in Prince Rupert, Canada. He spoke often of his joyous times in the Pacific Northwest. We planned to "retire" or at least move there since 2005, but life happened differently.
Gunter Diehl was a master commercial diver for over 20 years. He graduated from one of the first diving schools in Oakland, California in 1964. Many tales were told of worldwide jobs, but written words and pictures are found and treasured. Historians from the Diving Museum of Isalmorada were of great assistance. Yes, it is all true Sweetheart.
Caroline and Gunter had a good life together of 25 years, with many adventures and some misadventures in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Many health issues challenged Gunter but he always fought strongly and successfully. He became a state general contractor, furniture designer, clock repair man, and community involved in his way. Everything he tried succeeded even to his standard. I miss the book that could have been written. From day one of our time together, he was considerate, wrote good letters and rhymes and drawings. We cannot forget the temper but loved him nonetheless.
I miss his imitations, good judge of character, his sense of his self strongly understood. I trusted and respected him and loved him deeply, and know he loved me "more than I could understand." These treasures remain...