Rev. Dr. Kenneth M. Diable
May 26, 1946 September 27, 2019
Rev. Dr. Kenneth M. Diable, 73, Williamsburg formerly of Somerset, passed away unexpectedly, Friday afternoon, September 27, 2019 in rural Williamsburg.
He was born in Johnstown, son of the late Kenneth Diable and Mary A. (Evanick) Diable-Machtley and father, Kenneth C. Machtley. On September 8, 1983 he married Romayne M. Henderson in Philadelphia.
Surviving are his beloved wife of 36 years, Romayne M. Diable; two sons: Timothy D. (Heather) Diable of Indian Head, MD and Christopher A. Richards of Dubois; two daughters: Dawn L. Agan of Ankeny, Iowa and Stephanie R. (Ryan) McChessney of Williamsburg; eight grandchildren: Avery, Evan, Ian, Kassidy, Lindsey, Daulton, Lucas and Kellan; two sisters: Melissa A. (Gerald) Richardson of Bedford and Susan J. (Tom) Carl of Herndon; and a brother, Ronald K. (Katie) Machtley in Rhode Island.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Kristina Anne Diable; and a sister, Karen E. Wiest.
Kenneth was a 1964 graduate of Richland High School and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Classics from Gettysburg College, where he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from the Lutheran Theological Seminary, Gettysburg and also a PHD in Old Testament studies from Drew University, Madison, NJ.
He started his career as an English teacher for Red Lion High School in York and later began his calling as a Lutheran Minister for various churches for the ELCA. Kenneth also was employed as a Lutheran Campus Pastor for Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ and Grandview College, Des Moines, Iowa, where he also severed as a professor. He more recently worked as an adjunct professor for both, St. Francis University, Loretto and Mt. Aloysius College, Cresson.
Kenneth loved spending time with his family, his pet dogs, coaching basketball, and reading books.
Friends will be received from 5-8pm, Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at Zion Lutheran Church, Williamsburg and from 10am until the 11am funeral service, Thursday, October 3, 2019 at the church, Bishop Michael Rhyne and Pastor Tiffany Marvich officiating. Private interment will be held at Grandview Cemetery, Johnstown.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in memory of Kenneth can be given to Williamsburg Food Bank, c/o Zion Lutheran Church, 217 Plum St., Williamsburg, PA 16693.
Arrangements are by John K. Bolger Funeral Home Inc., Williamsburg.
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