Joseph L. Dioszeghy, 71, of Olathe, Kansas, passed away peacefully on June 16, 2016, following a long illness. Born to Joseph and Ilma Dioszeghy in Augsburg, Germany on January 18, 1945, Joe immigrated to the United States from Hungary with his parents and sister in 1949. The family settled in Olathe, Kansas where he attended elementary and middle school, ultimately graduating from Olathe High School in 1963. During his high school years, he was an outstanding student and athlete and participated in various sports, including basketball and football. After high school, he attended the University of Kansas and obtained his undergraduate degree in Political Science and went on to earn his Juris Doctorate degree from the KU School of Law in 1970. He then joined the United States Marine Corps and was active from 1970-1974. He had numerous accomplishments during this time, attending Officer Candidate School and Basic School in Quantico, Va., Naval Justice School in New Port, RI, and Military Judges School in Charlottesville, Va., ultimately achieving the rank of Captain. He was stationed at Cherry Point, NC where he remained until 1974. Following his discharge from the Marine Corps, he returned to his hometown of Olathe where he began working as an Assistant District Attorney in the Johnson County District Attorney’s office under Margaret Jordan. He remained in that capacity until October 1976 when he made the decision to branch off into private practice, with his focus on criminal law and domestic relations. During this same time, he served as Municipal Court Judge for the City of Olathe from 1980-1997. He continued in private practice until March 2016 before falling ill.
He had many hobbies and interests in life. An avid sports fan, he enjoyed attending sporting events and was particularly fond of football and college basketball, a loyal and devoted fan of the KU Jayhawks. He enjoyed traveling and was afforded the opportunity to travel to Europe with his mother in 1980. He particularly enjoyed warm, beach destinations as he loved the outdoors. He had a love for gardening and spent a great deal of time working in his yard. He also had a fondness for music, reading, and history, a topic he never tired of. Although he had many interests, he knew of no greater treasure on earth than his family. A loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather, he cherished the time he spent with his wife, children, and grandchildren. He carried enormous pride for each of them. He was a man of tremendous strength and courage who set out to achieve goals and did so with determination. While he will always be remembered for his kindness, warmth, sense of humor, contagious laughter, and his loyal friendship, he will above all be remembered for his compassion and generosity. There will never be another like him. He is deeply loved and will be sorely missed. Semper Fi, Joe…may you Rest In Peace.
He is survived by his wife, Michele Dioszeghy, of the home; six children, Sally Berry (Kipper), Medina, Ohio, Joe Dioszeghy (Jennifer), Overland Park, Ks, Ashley Dexter (Matt), Overland Park, Ks., Bria Dioszeghy, Olathe, Ks., Jack Dioszeghy and Nick Dioszeghy, both of the home; six grandchildren, Madison Berry, Spencer Berry, Kylie Dexter, Joey Dioszeghy, Alex Dioszeghy, and Madelynn Dioszeghy; sister, Ilma Duncan (Donnie), Surprise, Az.; nieces and nephews and their families, Alisa Zigler, Vickie Nugent, Kathy Teague, Katie Banks, Brittany Thomsen, Brandon Boyers, and many, many friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Dioszeghy in June 1966 and his mother, Ilma Dioszeghy in August 2015.
Visitation will be held at Penwell Gabel Funeral Home at 12475 Blackbob Rd. in Olathe on Friday, June 24th, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 25th, at 10:00 a.m. at United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, Leawood, Ks. Burial services will follow.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the staff at Olathe Hospice House for their support and compassion during Joe’s final days.
The family also suggests contributions to the American Cancer Society, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave, Kansas City, MO 64105.
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