Robert John Diem of Caro, age 75, passed away on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, at his home. Bob was born May 2, 1944, in Bad Axe, the son of the late George and Helen (O’Connor) Diem. He was united in marriage with the former Betty Lou Armstead on December 23, 1973, at the Courthouse in Sandusky. Bob was a 30-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served from August 22, 1963, to September 1, 1993, and retiring as a Machinist’s Mate First Class. Following his discharge from the service, he worked for U.S. Manufacturing in Bad Axe. He lived in the Cass City, Munising and the Caro area for the last 20 years. Bob enjoyed hunting, bird watching, sitting on his deck listening to the noise of the stream that passed through his property. He was an avid John Wayne fan and owned a copy of all his movies. He had the opportunity to meet John Wayne and their conversation led him to riding on John Wayne’s tugboat.  

Bob is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Betty Diem of Caro; four children and their spouses: Brian Emmons of Colorado, Brenda and Tom Spencer of Cass City, Bruce Emmons of Cass City, Helen and Troy Tyer of Dearborn Heights; three grandchildren: Jason and Christina Spencer, Jessica Spencer and her fiancé, Matt Bartnik, and Alyssa Tyer; two great-grandchildren: Brenton and Emmett; one sister, Mary Jo Farmer. In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by two brothers, George, Jr. and Jim Diem.

In keeping with Bob’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, August 9, 2019, at the Ransford Collon Funeral Home in Caro with Rev. Michele Hile officiating. Military honors, afforded by the U.S. Navy and Caro American Post #7, will follow the service. The family will be present to receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 1 p.m. until the time of the service at 2 p.m. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorial contributions to the Robert Diem Family Discretionary Fund, c/o Betty Diem, 205 West Sherman Street, Caro, MI 48723. The family was assisted with these arrangements by the Ransford Collon Funeral Home of Caro. Friends may share memories, thoughts and prayers online at

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.