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John F. Diestelow, 81, of Albany, OR, passed away peacefully at his home Monday, November 28th surrounded by family. He was born in Chicago, IL in December 1934 to Edith and Lee Diestelow. John was raised and graduated high school in Chicago; directly after graduation he began a career as a telecommunications engineer and worked in the field for 47 years at Western Electric, AT&T and Lucent Technologies in Denver, CO and in Atlanta, GA. He was a member of Telephone Pioneers of America. In 1959, John was called to service in the US Army Corps of Engineers and served until 1963. A first marriage produced John's eldest son; in 1970 John married Joyce, his wife of 46 years, and together they had two children and a stepdaughter from Joyce's first marriage. In 1999 John retired, and he and Joyce moved to Albany, OR. John had a passion for 1970s American muscle cars and stock car racing; he could tell you most anything about the Daytona 500, the NASCAR racing scene and the drivers. John was a devoted member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Albany. It was in the church's weekly breakfast club where John spent some of his favorite times chatting with friends over breakfast at many of Albany's local eateries. Illness prevented him from attending Sunday services and breakfasts as frequently as he wished, but these activities were always on his calendar. John is survived by his wife, Joyce; children William (Teresa), Randé, John, Jr. and Peri (Armi); grandchildren Sean, Haylee and Lola; brother, Lee Sr. (Lillian); and niece and nephew, Susan and Lee, Jr. The family wishes to express its deep gratitude to Benton Hospice Service and the dedicated Hospice team who provided such extraordinary care and support to John and the family for the past 18 months, and all of the wonderful caregivers and volunteers who also cared for John daily during this time. They also wish to thank Pastor Laura and John's coffee buddies at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church who provided enjoyable hours of comfort, conversation and friendship. No services will be held; donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Benton Hospice Service or the American Cancer Society c/o Fisher Funeral Home, 306 SW Washington St., Albany, OR 97321.

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