Richard ‘Dick’ Allan Diener, 56


Richard “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 Protractor.

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 of Congress.

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. Robert Diener.

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 Cedarburg.

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.