Roy A. Diedrich, age 71, of McHenry, died Friday, August 3, 2012, at Hospice of Northeastern Illinois in Woodstock.
He was born January 1, 1941 in Waukegan to Arthur Peter and Lyda Elizabeth (Shober) Diedrich. On January 19, 1963, he married Patricia A. Mays at St. Mary’s Church in McHenry.
Raised and educated in McHenry, Roy graduated from McHenry High School with the Class of 1960.
After high school, he worked for George P. Freund Inc. before owning and operating Rudy’s Drive Inn in McHenry from 1965 – 1975. After selling the drive-in, he worked with Dick Garrelts Plumbing for over five years before owning and operating his plumbing business, Roy Diedrich Rodding, until 2011.
He was a member of St. Mary’s Church in McHenry, where he served as an usher for over 20 years.
He played for the Red Devils Drum and Bugle Corps for several years. A avid gardener, he enjoyed tending to his vegetable garden and flowers.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Pat; two sons, Troy Diedrich and Randy (Shannon) Diedrich; a grandchild, Brynn Diedrich; a sister, Judy (the late Fritz) Mueller of McHenry; a sister-in-law, Liz Rang of Lake Zurich; numerous nieces and nephews; and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Donald Diedrich.
A memorial mass is planned at St. Mary’s Church, McHenry.
Inurnment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, McHenry.
For those wishing to send an expression of condolence, his family suggests memorials to the Hospice of Northeastern Illinois, 405 Lake Zurich Road, Barrington, IL 60010.
Arrangements were entrusted to Justen Funeral Home & Crematory, McHenry. For information, please call the funeral home at 815-385-2400, or visit www.justenfh.com.