Robert Emerson Diehl was born on January 22, 1949 in Aurora, Illinois. He was married for 48 wonderful years to his wife, Julie. He had two daughters, Lisa and Amy, two sons-in-law, Chris and Dave, and 5 grandchildren: Nathan, Emma, Kaden, Joshua, and Daniel. He received his B.M.E and M.M. from Northwestern University. He worked for 38 years in the aerospace industry. He loved his family, music, animals (especially golden retrievers), sports, gardening, and reading. Most of all, he loved his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and went home to be with Him on July 13, 2019.