Robert H. 'Bob' Diffenbaugh

Sep 28, 1923 - Oct 10, 2012


Robert H. "Bob" Diffenbaugh, 89, formerly of Huntington, IN, died Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, at 11:25 p.m. at Heritage Pointe, in Warren.

Mr. Diffenbaugh taught chemistry and physics at Huntington High School for 32 years. He graduated from Huntington High School in 1941 and served in World War II as a member of the United States Army for three years. He earned a Bachelor of Science in mathematics in 1948, followed by a Master of Science in education from Indiana University and Master of Science for Teachers from Union College in Schenectady, NY.

He was a lifelong member of St. Peter's First Community Church, Huntington, where he served in various positions including elder and president of the church council. He served as caretaker of the church cemetery for 15 years.

Mr. Diffenbaugh received the Virginia Miller Award for his work in preserving Huntington County history. He was co-author of "Historic Pictures of Huntington County" and was instrumental in the founding of the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival. He served on the Huntington City-Township Public Library Board and was a member of the Huntington County Classroom Teachers Association, Indiana State Teachers Association and Huntington Alert.

He was born Sept. 28, 1923, in Huntington to Louis A. and Julia M. Windemuth Diffenbaugh. He married Joan Eilene Huntley on Aug. 15, 1948, in Huntington. His wife survives.

Additional survivors include a daughter, Kay (Dennis) Richard, of Jackson, MI; two sons, Neil Diffenbaugh, of Madison, WI, and Craig Diffenbaugh, of Huntington; six grandchildren; and seven grandchildren.

Calling is Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Deal-Rice Funeral Home-Huntington Chapel, 338 E. Washington St., Huntington. A memorial service will be held at the funeral home on Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, at 11 a.m., with calling one hour prior to the service. Rev. Richard Strick will officiate.

Preferred memorials are gifts to the Huntington County Historical Society in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be made at www.dealricefuneralhomes.com.