After a lengthy illness, Frank A. Diekmann, 83, of Bedford, New Hampshire, passed away on November 5, 2021.
Born August 25, 1938, in Cincinnati, Ohio, he was the son of Frank and Johanna Diekmann. After graduating from Purcell High School, he served in the United States Marine Corps.
Frank earned a degree from Thomas More College in Covington, KY., going to night school while working full-time at Kroger. At Kroger he met Mary Ann, to whom he was married to for 61 years.
Frank’s professional career would take him (and family) around the U.S. and world in a number of executive leadership positions– Australia, England, and multiple states, including Ohio, Connecticut, Indiana, New Jersey, North Carolina and New Hampshire. He was President of Monarch Marking Australia where he was responsible for all Monarch operations in Asia; President of Worldwide Operations for the Woven Label Division of Paxar in Patterson, N.J., and president of Modutec in Manchester, N.H., where he was subsequently named President of its holding company, Crompton International in Witham, England. His career included surviving an earthquake in New Guinea.
Upon retirement, Frank was generous with his time with a variety of organizations. He was active in the Marine Corps League (Commandant of the Granite State Detachment for 2 years and Department of New Hampshire for 4 years). He was recognized as Marine of the Year for the Department of New Hampshire in 2016. Frank also volunteered for a number of other organizations including SCORE, Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels, Society for the Preservation of New Hampshire Forests, the Governor’s State Veterans Advisory Committee, Toys for Tots, Building Dreams for Marines and Honor Flight of New England.
Frank is survived by his wife Mary Ann, who Frank loved dearly and to whom he frequently expressed his gratitude for her compassion and care as his health declined. He is also survived by his son Frank J. Diekmann and his wife, Valerie and their children, Frank A. and Hannah Diekmann, Tommy, Mickie and Natalie Nolan of Palm Coast, Florida; son Jerry Diekmann and his wife Janet, and their children, Matthew and his wife Kim and their son Andrew and Dr. Katy Diekmann of Northwest Arkansas; daughter Mary Ann Landrum and her husband David and their children, Rob and Jason Schneider, Madeleine, Logan and Wade Landrum of Goffstown, NH; and daughter Maria Fagen and her husband KC and their children, Parker and Aubree of Tillamook, Oregon.
He was preceded in death by his sisters Dr. Rosemary Winkeljohann, OSU and Alberta Seibel.
For those who knew him, Frank will be forever remembered for making it through his entire life without any exposure to popular culture of any kind, for his affinity for John Philip Sousa marches (much to the consternation of his children), for the exacting ability to plan nationwide trips to the mile, an inability to ever pick decent donuts, and for an odd but short-lived affinity for country music line dancing.
Most of all, he will be remembered by his family for showing love not through words but always with his deeds.
The family would like to thank the staff at Villa Crest Nursing and Retirement Center for their loving care and compassion.
The family wishes memorial contributions be made to Building Dreams for Marines of New Hampshire ( https://bdfm.org/donate).
No funeral or memorial service is immediately planned. The family will notify in the future when a service is scheduled. Assisting with arrangements is the Cremation Society of New Hampshire, Manchester. To view Frank’s online tribute, send condolences to his family, or for more information, visit www.csnh.com.