Allan Diener, 56|
“Dick” Allan Diener went to the open arms of his Lord and Savior on
Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013. He was age 56.
He was born July 29, 1957, in Hartford to Ernst and Margaret (Stegemeyer)
Diener. He was baptized and confirmed his faith in Jesus as his Savior
at Peace Lutheran Church in Hartford.
He was a 1975 graduate of Northwestern Preparatory School in Watertown.
In 1980, he received his Bachelor of Science degree in education from
Dr. Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minn. In 1994, he received his
Master of Science degree in computer science education from Cardinal
Stritch, where he later served as an adjunct faculty member in the
College of Education: Instructional Technology/Computer Science.
On July 20, 1980, he married Annette Oswald at Calvary Lutheran Church
in Thiensville. They moved to Stillwater, Minn., where he would serve at
Salem Lutheran Church and School as a principal, teacher, coach and
athletic director. While in Stillwater, he also served as a member of
the board at St. Croix Lutheran High School and also volunteered at the
Minnesota Department of Corrections facility in Stillwater, transporting
prisoners to church and shopping trips.
After moving back to southeastern Wisconsin in 1991, he worked as an
account manager at North Shore Computer and regional manager of Graham
Microage Computer Center as an Apple education sales agent/consultant.
At the same time, he invented and received a copyright on his Percent
In 1996, he took a position at the Mequon-Thiensville School District as
a technology integrator for the middle schools and later taught eighth
grade social studies/ world geography and English language arts. During
his service in Mequon, he received the Outstanding Educator Award for
specialists and was a state finalist for the Kohl Teacher Award. He led
the production of a podcast project called “Honoring Veterans: Veteran
Memorials of Ozaukee County,” which was later showcased at the Library
While his children were in high school he served on the education
committee of Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School in Jackson, and also on
their self-study in the area of Curriculum.
He was last employed as the technology integration specialist for the
Port Washington-Saukville School District.
He used his God-given leadership talents and love for his Lord to
co-lead Our Savior Lutheran Church’s Teen Ministry and Men’s Bible
Study, and directed the Men’s Choir. He was the church’s podcast
producer and also served as a member of the stewardship committee.
He was a member of the Greater Port Washington Kiwanis Club and the
International Society for Technology in Education.
Some of his other interests included authoring inspirational poetry for
Christmas and Easter, photography, woodworking, digital media,
podcasting, collaborative technologies, GPS – enjoying the parks, nature
preserves and wildlife sanctuaries of Ozaukee County; but above all, he
loved spending time with his family, which he considered his most
cherished earthly blessing.
Dick was the dearly loved and cherished husband of Annette (nee Oswald)
Diener; proud and loved dad of Jacob (Renae) Diener and Anna Diener;
loved and devoted son-in-law of the Rev. Robert and Janet Oswald; dear
brother of Ronald Diener, John (Judy) Diener and David (Deborah) Diener;
brotherin- law of Cheryl Diener and Judy Diener. He was further survived
by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many, many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernst Diener and Margaret (nee
Stegemeyer) Diener; and his brothers, the Rev. James Diener and the Rev.
Funeral services were held on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, at Our Savior
Lutheran Church in Grafton with the Rev. Mark Wagner and Staff Minister
Tom Hering presiding. Interment took place at Immanuel Cemetery in
Memorials to Our Savior Lutheran Church or to the charity of your choice
are appreciated. Please visit
www.muellerfuneralhome.com to view the Richard A. Diener video
tribute or to send online condolences.
Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family.
John 14: 1-4, 27 ... Do not let your hearts be
troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has
many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going
there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for
you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be
where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going ... Peace I
leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world
gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.