Yesterday's memorial service for Van (age 72) was simple yet fitting for the wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend that he was to so many. The entire Van Diggelen family was gracious to all their guests, and the memories about Van flowed around the room were so articulate and poignant to the man who was one of the best CPA's around! He mentored my husband as an accountant and as a professional finance person, in which Bill absolutely cherished their bond for over 30 years, and this was coupled with their great stock market talks as well. Van certainly helped many businesses and individual clients through 50 years of accounting services; and it was apparent that his quiet demeanor and quirky sense of humor (and the HUGE Cubs/Baseball fan that he was) endeared his clients to eventually become his friend. Can one's life get any better than that?
His wife, Barbara, and sons, Joel and Dale (and their families including three grandsons) were the highlight of Van's life, and Bill and I were grateful to be a part of their Celebration of Life honoring this great man.
Living with my "own" CPA, I know how excited he can get around an office supply store, and loves all things envelopes, paper, paperclips, folders, pens etc. So when Van's family had "party favors" for all, they included the all the above, very clever to honor an accountant, don't you think?
Photos from the Van Diggelen family
Bill and Van going to a Cleveland Browns game in October 1991