Obituary: ‘Friday’ Diven

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Otis “Friday” Diven died Saturday, Aug. 23, 2003, in North Bend, Ore. He was 83. He had been a resident of North Bend for five years.

Mr. Diven was born in Wilson, Kan., on June 24, 1920, the son of Otis O. and Melissa E. King Diven.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II with the U.S. Army Band performing at USO shows as a drummer.

He was a professional musician in big bands in the San Diego and Hemet areas.

Mr. Diven was a tile contractor for more than 50 years, during which time he owned and operated Ceramic Tile Supply and Diven Tile Co. in the Southern California area.

He was a Rotarian and served as president of the Rotary Club of Idyllwild.

Funeral services will be held at the Allen Brothers Mortuary Chapel, 1315 S. Santa Fe Ave. in Vista, at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 5, 2003. Internment will be at Eternal Hills Memorial Park in Oceanside.

Mr. Diven is survived by his beloved companion, Gladys “Sam” Miller, and a sister, MaryEllen Diedolf, both of North Bend; three sons, Daniel J. Diven of San Diego, Carey W. Diven of North Bend and Richard O. Diven of Escondido; three stepsons, Paul Bianco of Graeagle, Calif., Thomas Bianco of Lake Elsinore and Steve Bianco of North County; a niece, Melissa Hammer of North Bend; three nephews, Mike Hammer of North Bend, Dan Diven of San Diego and Bill Diven of McMinnville, Ore.; and two grandsons, three great-grandsons and two step-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Carola Diven, a brother and a great-grandson.

Friends and family say “Friday” will be remembered as an energetic, loving man who enjoyed every moment of life to the fullest and will be truly missed.

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