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Roger Diederich

October 4, 1933 ~ September 19, 2021 (age 87)


Diederich, Roger A., 87, died September 19, 2021.  Born on the family farm near Newell, PA in Jefferson Township, Fayette County on October 4, 1933, son of the late Fred and Verna Diederich.  Also preceded in death by sisters Eileen Kriss, Grace McCune, Dorothy Peters, and brother Fred Diederich.  He is survived by sister Mary Carolyn Novak (William); sister-in-law Marion Diederich; along with very good friends Kristy Scherf and her husband and family as well as many nieces and nephews from all branches of the family.  Roger was a graduate of Brownsville High School.  He then embarked on a long career in the military, serving 2 years in U.S. Army, and just shy of 18 years in the U.S. Navy.  His assignments on various Navy vessels took him all around the world including a visit to the continent of Antarctica during “Operation Deep Freeze”.  He was a Viet Nam veteran serving aboard the USS Forrestal.  As a survivor of the fire disaster aboard the USS Forrestal in 1967, he was awarded a commendation for his actions to help save his ship.  After his service career he worked for Anchor Hocking Glass in Charleroi, PA.  After retiring he moved to Indiana, PA, where he resided until his health declined.  He was a resident of Amber Hills Nursing Home in Ebensburg, PA at the time of his passing.  Throughout his life Roger was an avid fisherman and hunter and also a passionate Pittsburgh Pirates baseball fan.  In later years he loved to write poetry and some of his works were published.  Services will be private and interment will be at Lafayette Memorial Cemetery in Fayette County, PA

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