G. Vern Diedrick

January 20, 2024

G. Vern Diedrick, 87, of Woodridge, IL, at rest January 11, 2024. Born August 25, 1936 in Detroit, Michigan to George and Wilma Diedrick. Beloved husband of 67 years to Marlene (nee Rupp); loving father of Bill (Nancy), Shawn (Bud) Landeck, Steve (Gale) and Larry (Bobbi) Diedrick; devoted grandfather of Shane, Sarah, Nina, Nick, David, Danielle, Bobby, Alli, Doug, Matt, and Michael; dearest great grandfather of many; fond uncle of many. Vern was a very proud graduate of the University of Michigan and held executive positions  at General Motors, Chase Manhattan Bank, Federal Signal and United Nuclear Corporation. The General Motors experiences took him and his family to live in five other countries, New Zealand, Norway, Denmark, South Korea and Mexico – 5 of 29 moves. He often teased that he moved so much because he couldn’t hold a job. As a young man Vern had his own band playing the saxophone, hence his great love of music. He could never leave a restaurant without “meeting new friends”. He was a humble, grateful man who worked very hard to provide for his family. His workmates often said of him that he ruled with an iron fist but a velvet glove –  he believed that firmness can be couched with outward gentleness. He embraced the Catholic faith and the teachings of John Paul II. He will be deeply missed by his loving family. A Celebration of  Vern’s life will take place when the Cemetery springs forth with new life. Arrangements entrusted to Cappetta’s West Suburban Funeral Home & Cremation Services. Info 630-852-8000 or westsuburbanfh.com