Diane Prestemon, 79, of Waukon, IA, died Monday, July 23, 2012 at Good Samaritan Center in Waukon. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 31st at 11:00 AM at Zion United Church of Christ in Waukon, with Pastor Samantha Houser and Rev. Keith Selberg officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery, Waukon. Friends may call from 4:00 to 8:00 pm Monday, July 30th at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon.
Diane Benedict Prestemon was born on July 28, 1932 in Frederic, WI, the daughter of Percival E. and Gladys Teresa (Hanevold) Benedict. She spent her early years in the Black River Falls, WI area and moved with her family to Waukon when she was a junior in high school, graduating from Waukon High School in 1950. She went to work for NW Bell as a long distance operator. On December 20, 1953 she married Richard Gordon “Dick” Prestemon at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Waukon. They moved to Ames, IA where Dick completed college and Diane worked for NW Bell again. While Dick was in the service, Diane spent a year and a half with him living in Germany. Following Dick's discharge in October of 1956, they moved to Des Moines where Diane worked for Bell Labs for 5 years. For the next 3 years they lived in Dallas Center, IA before moving to Waukon in 1966, where they have lived ever since. For the past 10 years, Diane and Dick have enjoyed spending the winters in Ocala and Williston, FL.
Diane was never one to stay idle long and worked in a variety of areas. She was an antique collector and dealer and operated “The Cellar” antique store in Waukon as well as sold through antique malls in Decorah, IA. For a short time she worked for a jewelry distributor at local major retailers and for 10 years Diane and Dick owned and operated “The Landmark Supper Club” between Waukon and Lansing, IA.
Diane was a member of Zion United Church of Christ in Waukon and active in Ladies Circle. She was also a former troop leader for Girl Scouts. Diane was an excellent cook and baker and also found time for caning chairs and other antique furniture, rosemaling, and doing sewing and needle point. She was an avid bridge player and enjoyed all card games. Most of her favorite times were spent with her family whether that be traveling on family vacations, following her children and grandchildren’s activities, or just relaxing with their dog, Gilbert.
Survivors include her husband, Richard “Dick” of Waukon; 2 children, Kristin (Michael) Baxter of Waverly, IA and Eric (Jodi) of Dysart, IA; 6 grandchildren, Justus (Sarah) and Preston Baxter and Chelsie, Matthew, Garrett, and Conner Prestemon; a great-grandchild, Aedric; 2 sisters, Dolores (Don) Olson of Palmdale, CA and Michele Rourke of Tamarac, FL; and a sister-in-law, Judy Benedict of Dayton, OH. She is preceded in death by her parents and a brother, P.E. “Bud” Benedict.