R. Dennis Diehl - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

R. Dennis Diehl

October 23, 1940 - October 28, 2023

R. Dennis Diehl, 83, of Seaford, DE, entered his heavenly home on October 28, 2023, at 8:20 AM. He was surrounded by the warmth of his cherished family. Dennis courageously battled cancer for the second time, demonstrating incredible resilience and strength up until the very end.

He was born on October 23, 1940, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to his devoted parents, Russell and Marguerite Diehl. Dennis’s life was deeply intertwined with love and commitment, as he shared 58 beautiful years of marriage with his beloved bride, Carlteen King, a union celebrated at St. Johns Church in Seaford, Delaware, on August 28, 1965.

A proud veteran, he served in the United States Air Force from 1958 to 1961, stationed in Florida during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Following his service, Dennis embarked on a fulfilling career in radio, touching the lives of many listeners in Delaware and Maryland after graduating from the National Broadcasting Academy.

The ocean held a special place in his heart, offering solace and a repository of cherished childhood memories. Dennis’s joys extended to reading, leisurely nature walks, and, most importantly, the company of his family.

A man who held family above all else, he is survived by his devoted wife, Carlteen Diehl and his loving children, James Diehl (Jelai) and Tabitha Nichols (David); grandchildren, Kayleigh Satterfield, Christina Diehl, Liam Nichols, Isabella Diehl, Cullen Nichols, Kaia Nichols, Remi Nichols, and Archer Diehl. Many other friends and family held special places in his heart.

Dennis was preceded in death by his parents, Marguerite and Russell Diehl; his brother, Wallace Diehl; his daughter, Michele Eder; and his granddaughter, Victoria Stephens.

A brief, heartfelt committal service with military honors to celebrate Dennis’s life will be held at 1 pm on Friday, November 3, 2023, in the chapel of Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 26669 Patriots Way, Millsboro, DE.

In lieu of flowers, Dennis’s wishes were for donations to be directed to the TidalHealth Allen Cancer Center, 701 Middleford Road, Seaford, DE 19973 or by clicking here, where he received exceptional care, befitting a man of his grace and dignity.


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10 Condolences for R. Dennis Diehl

  • Teena and family our hearts are with you all as you go through the days ahead. Dennis a large part of our lives have been intertwined, from childhood on. We will cherish the memories we have shared until the day we are together again. Godspeed dear friend, rest well.

  • Teena, Tabitha, Jaimie, & the rest of the family, I have so many memories of “Denny”, both as a child and as an adult. He lit up the world around him, loved his family, his friends, and his God. May his journey be blessed, and may God hold you all close in the coming days, weeks, and months.

  • Our heartfelt condolences to all the Diehl family, especially my sister Teena.

  • Our hearts go out to you. It was a joy and honor to have Dennis as a brother in law.

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the all the family. We only knew Dennis for a few years. He has been missed from his walks by our house. Hold close to your heart all the wonderful memories.

  • I met Dennis while he walked in our community and he was such a nice conversationalist. Also happy and everyone always enjoyed talking with him. He will be missed and may he RIP.

  • Teena Ed and I are so sorry for your loss. He was such a nice and friendly man. I remember him always walking in the Community when we first moved here and he continued everyday with a Big wave and smile. We will miss him on Halloween as he would always walk his Grandchildren for Trick or Treat. We love chatting with him. Just remember he will never truly be gone for he will live on in your heart and memories. Sending Love and Prayers to you and your entire family through this difficult time.

  • So sorry for your loss. God bless.

  • We feel a deep sorrow for this loss and will miss his easygoing, jovial presence whenever we were with him. Let his soul rest in peace.

  • Sending hugs & love to my Aunt Teena & my cousins.
    Uncle Dennis was an amazing man. He will be truly missed. I am honored & blessed to be his niece.
    Words cannot express how grateful I am to him. He loved & supported me through the loss of my daddy (his brother)
    Means the world to me.
    This is not goodbye, it’s see you later. 🤍