February 20, 1951 - July 17, 2019

Thomas Edward Diehl, Sr., 68, of Plantersville, died Wednesday afternoon, July 17, 2019, at College Station Medical Center, surrounded by his loving family and friends.

A gathering of family and friends will take place from 4:00 to 6:00 pm Sunday, July 21, 2019, at St. Mary Catholic Church, 8227 County Road 205 @ FM 1774, in Plantersville. A parish rosary will follow at 6:00 pm. A Funeral Mass celebrating Thomas's life will be 10:30 am Monday, July 22, 2019, at St. Mary Catholic Church with Rev. Edward C. Kucera, Jr. as the celebrant. The rite of committal will follow in St. Mary Church Cemetery.

Thomas was born February 20, 1951 in Navasota to Jack Jacob and Ruby Theresa Tomkivits Diehl of Plantersville. He graduated from Navasota High School in 1969 and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He returned to Plantersville where he met the love of his life, Brenda Smith. They were married on April 15, 1972 at St. Mary Catholic Church.

Thomas worked for Mid-South Electric for a number of years and later adventured on his own as the owner/operator of Tom's Drozer Work and Tom's Hauling and Backhoe. His passion was raising cattle. He ran a ranch operation while running his hauling business. A life member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Thomas volunteered many years at the bazaar beer booth and donated a prize heifer each year. He was a member of Knights of Columbus Council 4054 in Anderson as was well known for his support of St. Mary's bazaar, Plantersville-Stoneham Volunteer Fire Dept., Plantersville Town Hall, Plantersville Stoneham Bunch and the Grimes County Fair. Thomas touched so many people in his 68 years.

Thomas was preceded in death by his loving children, Marcy Diehl Ellis, Thomas "Sport" Diehl, Jr., his parents, and a brother, Christopher "Christy" Diehl.

Survivors include his wife, Brenda Diehl of Plantersville; son-in-law, Brandon Ellis of Centerville; brothers, Martin J. "Sonny" Diehl of Houston, Jacob Diehl and wife Beatrice, Phillip Diehl, both of Plantersville and Alfred Diehl and wife Becky of Spring; sisters, Mary Yorek and husband Charles, Theresa Diehl, both of Plantersville, Elizabeth Wymola and husband Charles of Round Rock, Frances Canilito and husband Sam of Bryan along with numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and a great number of friends.

In lieu of usual remembrances the family has requested memorials in Thomas's name to a favorite charity.

You are invited to sign the guestbook and leave condolences for the family at www.lindleyrobertsonholt.com.

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