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Our world lost a remarkable man on June 7th.  Larry is a new star in the sky as he has gone home to be with his devoted parents — Ivan and Gerda Diegel.

A machinist by trade, his joy in making items with precision and working with people merged in his second career with Lee Valley Tools. He enjoyed sharing his skills and knowledge, helping solve people's problems, and learning new things.

Born and raised in Calgary, he and his wife Leslie AnnE moved to Bergen in 2015 when he was blessed with early retirement. He was in his element! Coffee and naps on the deck, caring for his banditry of chickadees, like his Dad — hand feeding squirrels, and tranquil sunsets ending each day. He built a small shop and began puttering in earnest. A 2017 move to a small acreage near Sundre came with his dream shop.

Along with Leslie AnnE, he leaves his in-laws Joan and Art Jorgenson; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Jacquie (Tom) Dipple, Jeffrey Jorgenson, and Karen Jorgenson (George). An only child, his extended family is huge! Remaining are Uncle Robert (Pearl) Greig, many cousins, countless nieces and nephews, and now their children, as well as friends worldwide.  Two young men held special places in his heart: Godson Keal Kaminski and nephew William Jorgenson.

Larry loved life. He loved deeply and truly. He looked for meaning in his life through his faith and strong values. A light of happiness, he had deep memories and hurts that began to surface after his two MIs.

Doctors, hospital staff, and counsellors always treated him with care and respect so he could return home. Thank you. The Sundre Fire Department, EMS, and the Sundre doctors and nurses gave Larry their very best on June 7th. Larry fought his hardest, but his heart was not able to.

In Larry's honour, please consider donations to the Sundre Hospital Futures. Online:; by mail: Sundre Hospital Futures  Bag 3, 709 - 1 St NE  Sundre, AB  T0M 1X0.

Please share your photos, memories, and times spent with Larry at
Details of a celebration of his life will follow.

Rest peacefully, my Larry, my hero.  My heart is yours forever.