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Diekmann, Myrna Kay (1934-2017)


Posted By: Paul Nagy (email)
Date: 7/28/2017 at 13:28:02

Myrna Kay Diekmann
March 8, 1934 - June 14, 2017

Kay Diekmann, a daughter of Henry and Lenora (Popkes) Kiewiet, was born on March 8, 1934. She attended school in Buffalo Center, graduating in 1951. Then, she enrolled at Mankato Commercial College and worked a short time for Standard Oil in Mankato. From 1952 to 1957, she worked at Pharmacists Mutual Insurance. Returning to work in 1966, she retired in 1991 as Vice President of Commercial Lines. In 1987, she received the Employee of the Year Award.

A fifty-year member of the First United Methodist Church and lifetime member of the Kossuth Regional Health Center Auxiliary, she involved herself in the life of her community. Representing the Buffalo Center band, Myrna was crowned Queen of the Algona Band Day Festival in 1950. There, she first met her future husband, Robert "Bob" Diekmann, whom she married on March 21, 1953, at the First Baptist Church in Buffalo Center. They spent their entire married life in Algona where they raised their three daughters. After retiring in 1991, they spent their winters in South Texas and Arizona.

Myrna enjoyed walking, biking, water aerobics, golfing, bowling, reading, crocheting, and knitting. In addition, she liked attending sporting events, especially when her grandchildren were participating.

Myrna died on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at her home in Algona at the age of 83. Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Bob Diekmann, of Algona; her daughters, Connie (Loren) Duchman, of Cedar Falls, Kathy Petersen, of Norwalk, and Vicki (Harvey) Aikman, of McAllen, Texas; her grandchildren: Dr. Kyle Duchman and Dr. Bryce Duchman, both of Iowa City, Allison Duchman, of Denver, Colorado, Joe (Kelli ) Petersen, of Des Moines, Dr. Jacob Petersen, of Phoenix, Arizona, Dr. Ashley Aikman, of Fort Worth, Texas, and Ian (Lisette) Aikman, of San Marcos, Texas; her sister, Jan Larson, of Allen, Texas; and her brother, Dave (Jan) Kiewiet, of Buffalo Center; as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Myrna's name to the First United Methodist Church of Algona, the Algona Family YMCA, or the Kossuth Regional Health Center.

Oakcrest Funeral Services. Algona, Iowa, 2017.


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