Our Funeral Home History

A History of Commitment

Our funeral home has been committed to serving Columbus since 1905, making Diehl-Whittaker Funeral Service Columbus’ oldest African-American, family-owned and operated mortuary. We serve all people, regardless of race or ethnicity. Within our community, the respect that is shown to each family we serve has allowed us to establish a reputation of dignity and trust.

In 1905, Mrs. Dollie Whittaker established the Whittaker Funeral Home, which later became known as “Mrs. D.A. Whittaker & Sons.” Located at the corner of East Long Street and Hamilton Avenue, the funeral home became an important business and social institution in the community. It was operated for three generations by the Whittaker family until 1969, when it was purchased by the Diehl family, who had owned and operated a funeral home in Youngstown, Ohio.

The firm is currently owned and managed by Richard J. Diehl, who in 1977 built the current facility on the site of the original Whittaker establishment. It was at this time that the funeral home’s name was changed to “Diehl-Whittaker.”

Ingrid M. Diehl, Richard’s daughter, joined the business in 1995 and is the third generation of the Diehl family to serve the needs of your family. We are ready to provide, into the next generation, compassionate care and professional service.

As funeral service professionals, we are caregivers – providing care to those who have passed on, while caring for those family members who remain. As we continue the tradition of caring service that has been maintained for more than 100 years, we rededicate ourselves to helping you celebrate the lives of those family and friends who were such an important part of your lives.