Diantha Kaye (Buss) Junker, 62, of Mason City, arrived home on Saturday, March 1, 2014, greeted by her Savior, Jesus Christ, and her precious daughter, Jennifer. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at Faith Baptist Church, Mason City, with Rev. Miles Grismore and Pastor Dave Callison officiating. Interment will be at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Lansing, Iowa, in the spring. Memorials given in Diantha’s memory will be given to
three organizations close to Diantha and her family, Make-A-Wish of Iowa, Iowa Regular Baptist Camp, and Village Creek Bible Camp. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.majorericksonfuneralhome.com.
Diantha Kaye Buss was born May 12, 1951 to Bernette and Bonnie Buss in Charles City, Iowa. She grew up in rural Parkersburg, Iowa, with her parents and two brothers and two sisters. Diantha accepted Christ as her Savior at an early age during a week of camp at Iowa Regular Baptist Camp in Ventura. She attended school in Parkersburg and graduated in 1969. She attended cosmetology school in Waterloo, Iowa, and Cedar Falls, Iowa, receiving her degree from Cedar Falls School of Beauty in 1970.
Diantha married her high school sweetheart, Curt Junker, on May 9, 1970. Curt and Diantha lived in Waverly, Dike, Parkersburg, Lansing and Mason City, Iowa. They were blessed by God to become the parents of three wonderful children. She loved her husband and soulmate, Curt; and her children, Aaron and Tamara, Junker of Cedar Falls, Iowa, and Melody and Scott Lahmann, and grandchildren Molly, Benjamin, Caitlyn, Abigail, Madeline and Samuel of Saint Paul, Minn.
Her daughter, Jennifer, preceded her to heaven Sept. 22, 1988. Also preceding her was her father, Bernette; her brother, Dennis; and a nephew, Jeff Hemmen. She was also preceded in death by her father and mother-in-law, three brothers-in-law, three sisters-in-law, and four nephews, Fred, Anna, Alvin, Alfred, Calvin, Rosie, Zee, Norma, Wendel, Malcom, Vernon, and Roger.
Diantha was a light to all who met her, with her infectious laugh and welcoming smile. While living in Lansing she served for 10 years at Village Creek Bible Camp. Camp was a very special place for Di and she loved being able to share her love for the Lord with her gifts, quickly becoming the heartbeat of the camp.
Her creative touch and beautiful spirit is deeply missed but, “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28. This was her favorite verse which she quoted often. We take great comfort in the truth of His word, knowing that today Curt’s “Lady Di” is in paradise.