Thomas R. Dieble

Born: 12/04/1930 Passed:

Thomas Raymond Dieble 89, passed away on April 1st, 2020, at home, surrounded by his loving family. Born December 4, 1930, he was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Roselyn (Graening) Dieble; his eldest son, Kurt Dieble (2003), his brother, William (Marilyn) Dieble, his sister, Barbara   (Dieble) Kieffer, and his faithful dog, Duke.

He is survived by his sweetheart, best friend, and love of his life, Pauline (Nickeson) Dieble, with whom he would have celebrated 65 years of marriage in July; his daughter, Katherine (Joe Blubaugh); his son, Steven Dieble; grandson, Zachariah Dieble; granddaughter, Sierra Dieble, and five great-grandchildren. Also surviving are his brother, Jim (Ellen) Dieble; his sister, Peg (Gene) Flynn; sister-in-law, Carol Deetz; and his brother-in-law and best friend, Bill Kieffer. In addition, he leaves behind many nieces, nephews and friends who enjoyed Tom’s sense of humor and great storytelling.

Tom, a Journeyman Tool & Die Maker by trade, spent most of his career at the Aspro and Dyneer Corporations, which led to his vast knowledge of all things engine related. Many people visited for help with their cars and machinery, and he loved giving advice and direction. Other than spending time with his family, he loved building his “hit & miss” engines, rebuilding his 1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk and his 1963 Studebaker Avanti. He enjoyed membership in, and fellowship with, The Ohio Region Studebaker Drivers Club and the North Canton Eagles. Tom was also a proud member of The Tennessee Squire Association. The family wishes to thank Aultman Hospice, and the group of amazing people who made dad’s last weeks peaceful and dignified.

Honoring Tom’s wishes, his remains have been cremated and there will be no calling hours or services. Instead, there will be a celebration of Tom’s life, with the date to be announced once current health, safety and travel restrictions have been lifted. Condolences and special memories can be shared with the family online at

Heritage Cremation Society



4 Tributes to Thomas R. Dieble

  1. Joseph Blubaugh says:

    I enjoyed arguing with Tom about politics and sharing with him about my travels, which he was always interested in hearing about. He loved talking about mechanical things like airplanes, always asking which model plane I most recently flew on. I’ll miss him.

  2. Frank Gonzalez says:

    I am sorry that I never met Mr. Dieble because, thanks to the lovely obituary, I now know that we both own 1963 Studebaker Avantis! I am a member of AOAI and I thought I knew everyone who had an Avanti in Stark County, but I did not.

    Mine is a turquoise R3. Mr. Dieble’s Family inspired me to start it for the first time this year on Sunday. But just when I finally got it going, it started to rain.

    I sure could have used Mr. Dieble’s vast knowledge and regret that our paths did not cross until just now.

    Sorry for your loss.

    P. S. Great photo!

    • Roger Hicks says:

      Tom and I have been friends for many years and I will miss him dearly. We worked together in a mold and machine shop that I ran. We often talked about the experiences we had together. Tom had a special sense of humor, sometimes a little on the salty side. He had an inquisitive nature always wondering how things were made or how things worked.. we shared many Margaritas together and my next one will be to toast my friend.

    • Katherine Dieble says:

      Dear Frank,
      Thank you for that lovely note. Dad loved his Studebakers, and especially his Avanti!
      When I was learning to drive (40 years ago!), dad bought me a 1968 Firebird CONVERTIBLE!! It had a 450 engine, but dad (in his infinite wisdom), said “I’m pulling this engine and putting in a 350, so you don’t kill yourself!!”
      I wish I still had that car! Thanks again for your lovely words. They are so appreciated. Stay safe!

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