US Army

James Diewold

August 28, 1934 ~ April 22, 2020 (age 85)

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James H. Diewold, 85, passed peacefully on April 22, 2020, at the Hearth of Southbury.  

Born August 28, 1934 to Arthur E. and Bertha H. Snyder Diewold of Burlington, Iowa, Jim spent his youth assisting in the family business. He graduated from Burlington High and spent time at the University of Iowa before entering the US Army.  Post discharge, he came east to New York City to begin a career with NBC Studios and Esquire Magazine.

Army veteran, realtor, master gardener, socialite, lover of music, and collector of fine art and antiques, Jim and his life partner of 41 years, Russell Poteet (d. 2010), eventually made Roxbury their permanent home, and were famous locally for wonderful parties, restoring antique homes and building new ones, and fund raising for the Roxbury Land Trust and Minor Memorial Library.

In addition to Russell, Jim was predeceased by his siblings Marge Beardsley, Tom, and Dick Diewold. He is lovingly survived by his sisters Bonnie (Bob) Cohenour, and Patricia (Garry) Haack, both of Burlington, IA; his Aunt Ethyl Heuvelman, and a multitude of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The family wishes to extend their heart-felt gratitude to the nurses and staff at the Hearth who cared for Jim these past two years.   

A graveside service will be held at a later date to lay Jim to rest alongside Russell at Great Oak Cemetery, Roxbury.

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