Michael Richard Diehl

September 27, 1946
September 28, 2018
South Charleston, WV

Michael Richard Diehl

Michael Richard Diehl, 72, of South Charleston, passed away on September 28, 2018, at home following a long illness.

Michael was the oldest son of Earl and Juanita Diehl, born September 27, 1946.  He graduated from Charleston Catholic High School in 1964 and attended West Virginia State College.  He married the love of his life, Annett Hackney, on August 5, 1972.  Michael owned and operated Rich’s Place in South Charleston for over 30 years.  His kind hearted, yet boisterous personality made him loved and respected by everyone who knew him.  Michael never knew a stranger, and treated everyone he met like family.  Michael had a love of baseball that lasted a lifetime, first as a player and then as a fan.  He loved watching family play baseball games, starting with his nephew, Chris Diehl.  His love for the game peaked as his grandsons, his pride and joy, began to play the game he adored.  He proudly sat many nights at The Rock cheering for them.  Michael’s presence will be irreplaceable and he will be missed by so many.  His Catholic faith gave him peace in his final days.

In addition to his father, Earl Diehl, Michael is preceded in death by his brother, Christopher Diehl.

Michael is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Annett, and their two daughters, Christy (Jason) Vickers of South Charleston, and Kimberly (Donnie) Hudson of Dunbar; his mother, Juanita Diehl of South Charleston. “Pa-paw” will be missed by his grandchildren Anthony, Eric, and Jeremy Vickers of South Charleston, and Michael and Monica Hudson of Dunbar.  He is survived by his sister Monica (Roy) Price of South Charleston, brother Timothy (Teresia) Diehl of St. Albans, sister Cindy (Butch) Ewart of Knoxville, TN, brother James (Julie) Diehl of South Charleston, brother Thomas (Angie) of Rome, GA, and an abundance of nieces and nephews.

A Service to Honor the Life of Michael Diehl will be held at 11am, Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at Blessed Sacrament Parish, South Charleston with (Rev.) John H. Finnell, pastor officiating.  Family and friends may visit from 9am to 11am, Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at Blessed Sacrament Parish, South Charleston.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to Snodgrass Funeral Home, 4122 MacCorkle Ave. SW, South Charleston, WV  25309.

The family would like to say a special thank you to staff of Hospice for the amazing care and kindness shown to Michael and Annett during their time of need.

Memories and condolences may be shared by visiting

Snodgrass Funeral Home of South Charleston is assisting the family with the arrangements.

9 replies
  1. Alice Snead says:

    To The Diehl Family all of you all are in our thoughts and prayers! All our love to Mrs. Diehl and Annette. Michael was loved by so many in South Charleston! He will be missed! Bless the Diehl Family at this time and always! Alice & Tim Snead, Teresa & Greg Carrier!

  2. Kim Frodgue Duran says:

    I want to send my heartfelt condolences to all of the Diehl Family, and especially for my mother, Jenenne Frodgue, who is a resident at Genesis Care Center in Marmet. She would be the first to be there for she held all the Diehl Family in the highest regard. May God Bless and keep you!!

  3. Denise Lavery says:

    My heart breaks for you Annett, Christy & Kimberly. I love you all. I remember going to Ormond Beach every September with you and Michael. We had so much fun. And every Friday night when Pete when get home from being on the road, we went to Rich’s Place…what great memories I have from that place. Rest in Peace sweet Michael. Say Hi to Pete!
    XO, Denise

  4. The Walker Family says:

    Our heartfelt condolences go out to all the Diehl family. We feel like we grew up with all you guys…from Blessed Sacrament Grade School to South Charleston High School. And, of course, who can forget Rich’s without fond memories of Michael? He’ll be missed. Bless you and yours.

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  • Tuesday, October 2
  • 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Funeral Service

  • Tuesday, October 2
  • 11:00 AM