Dennis R. "Denny" Diehl, age 61, passed away on Thursday, November 29, 2012 at U.W. Hospital, Madison. He was born on May 10, 1951 in Richland Center to Roger "R.V." and Margaret (Fingerhut) Diehl. Denny graduated from Sauk Prairie High School in 1969. He started his business, Denny's Magic Carpet, in 1971 and handled many carpet cleaning and painting projects in the community. He had a great love for family, friends, fishing, gardening, hunting, cooking and playing cards. His huge garden was tended with such love and care and he took great pride in sharing garden produce with others. He enjoyed his annual fishing trip to Canada and another to Door county. During the deer hunting season, Denny's house was the meeting place for the hunters where great stories were told and great friendships were made. Denny very much enjoyed cooking for all the hunters. In summer, he looked forward to the weekend and spending time at the camper up north. There would be fishing, cooking on the grill and just enjoying friendship around the campfire. He was always ready to take people fishing on his pontoon. His huge grill would be loaded with food for the neighbors at the campground to enjoy. Denny loved Christmas time and grew his beard long for all his visits as Santa. He enjoyed playing cards with the guys on a regular basis. He was a very wonderful, kind hearted, caring and generous man and will be truly missed.

He is survived by his father, Roger of Sauk City; two sons, Brent (Nancy) Diehl of Brea, CA. and Tim (Ruth Railey) of Madison; and his partner, Dorothy Osterfund of Middleton. He was preceded in death by his mother, Margaret; and a brother, Doug.

Funeral services will be held at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Prairie du Sac, at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 4, 2012 with Pastor Fred Rilling officiating. Friends may call from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, December 3, 2012 at Hooverson Funeral Home, Sauk City. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

The family would like to thank the staff at U.W. Hospital for the wonderful care Denny received.