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Justin Raye Diel, MSgt., USAF (Retired)May 31, 1973 – February 11, 2013
Funeral for Master Sergeant Justin Raye Diel, 39, U.S. Air Force, formerly of Enid, will be 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at Central Christian Church, Enid. The Revs. Don Johnson and Col. Gordon Jantz, USAF retired, will officiate. A private burial will be in Karoma Cemetery, Goltry. A memorial service is 2 p.m. March 8, 2013, at Hurlburt Chapel, Hurlburt Field, Fla. Local arrangements by Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home.
Justin was born May 31, 1973, in Enid, Okla., to Jimmy Raye Diel and Cathie Lea Thornburgh Whipkey. Justin died Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, in Navarre, Fla.
Upon completing graduation from Helena-Goltry High School in 1991, Justin entered the U.S. Air Force in 1992.
He married Natalie Lucretia Diel Sept. 29, 2006, in Navarre, Fla.
MSgt. Justin Diel was an aerial gunner on MH-53 helicopters and AC-130U gunships. Justin retired from Hurlburt Field, Fla., in 2012.
Surviving are his wife, Natalie of Navarre, Fla., and their children, Brianna Renee’ Diel and Savannah Rose Diel; his parents, Jimmy Raye Diel and wife Judy of Drummond, and Cathie Lea Whipkey and husband Harold of Higgins, Texas; sisters, Casie Lea Brownlee and husband Kyle of Enid, Okla., Kristina Ann Redman and husband Nathan of Edmond, Okla., Kimberly Dawn Scrogin and husband Chris of Corning, Ark.; stepbrothers, Ron Whipkey of Kingston, Okla., and Roger Whipkey of Lubbock, Texas; stepsister, Makayla Booze of Enid, Okla.; and grandmother, Irene Harguess of Enid, Okla.;
Justin was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ivan Diel, D.L. Harguess, Berniece Thornburgh and Lavern Thornburgh.
Pallbearers are the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard. Honary pallbearers are Eric Card, Chad Grebb, Jim Gerhart, Steven Foust and Mike Jenson.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wymer Brownlee, Diel Scholarship Fund, 110 N. Independence, Enid, OK 73701.
Faith Chapel Funeral Home South, 100 Beverly Parkway, Pensacola, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.
You may express your condolences online at www.fcfhs.com.
~ GUEST BOOK ~
February 22nd, 2013 at 11:35amOur deepest sympathies are with all your family for this loss of Justin.~R Deane & Esther Wymer
February 21st, 2013 at 10:22pmMaster Sergeant Justin Diel will always be a special little boy to us and one who served his country with great pride and devotion. Someday, we will have the opportunity to give him our thanks and appreciation. We treasure each memory that is held close in our heart. Bob and I send our love and will seek God’s comfort for you in all the days to come. We feel comforted knowing that Justin received wonderful peace when he woke up in the loving arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. That gives our family great joy and we know it does your family as well. May God bless you richly and keep you close “Til we all get to heaven!” Our love, Sharon & Bob Meister, Helena,OK.~Sharon & Bob Meister
February 21st, 2013 at 9:18amI hope Justin has found smooth roads and skies without turbulence to fly on. Love and peace to his family. You will truly be missed.~Misty Wayman
February 20th, 2013 at 11:57pmJustin was truly always my favorite boy growing up. He brought a lot of laughter and good times to everyone he was around in those days. I wish we’d have kept in better touch over the last 8 yrs… The Clark’s love the Diel family and are so heartbroken for such a big loss.~Stephanie Clark
February 20th, 2013 at 10:45pmOur hearts go out to Justin’s family. You are all in our prayers and Justin will be missed.~Glenn and Jamie Fleming
February 20th, 2013 at 3:48pmJim and Judy Was sorry to learn of Justin’s death. May you be comforted with the memories that a child brings into a home. God’s Blessings to you and to Justin’s immediate family.~Walter & Pat Lemke
February 20th, 2013 at 3:00pmSending our love and prayers.~Bill and Donna Foust
February 20th, 2013 at 10:16amR.I.P. Brother.~MSgt (Retired) Jon Sorensen
February 20th, 2013 at 7:29amDear Jim & Judy, We are so sorry for your loss.~Fred & Dovie Kaupke
February 20th, 2013 at 12:36amJustin you were my big brother too, I will always hold onto the memories of you. I pray for your family and friends during this time. You will be greatly missed.~Margaret (Grubbs) Green
February 19th, 2013 at 8:25pmRIP Justin–Until I see you again. With all of the love one human can give. I truly miss you my friend.~Michael Scott
February 19th, 2013 at 4:05pmYou will be forever missed.~Renea Davis
February 19th, 2013 at 3:28pmCathie and family, my thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. May God be holding you tightly in His arms through all of this.~Brenda Martin
February 19th, 2013 at 12:46pmMy heart breaks for you. My thoughts and prayers are with family and friends.~Dianna Foust