Lester W. Dierking
Lester W. Dierking, 92, of Concordia, Missouri, died Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, at Western Missouri Medical Center in Warrensburg.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Emma with Pastor Jacob Mueller officiating. Burial with military rites will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Concordia. Pallbearers are Stephen Spiegehalter, Justin Dierking, Jonathan Dierking, Brian Connell Kevin Connell and Bob Tinsman. Memorials are suggested to Holy Cross Lutheran Church, St. Paulís Lutheran Church or Lutheran Good Shepherd Home. An online guestbook is available at www.campbell-lewis.com.
Born July 10, 1925, in rural Concordia, he was the son of the late Theodore Dierking and Clara Oetting Dierking. Lester lived in the Emma and Concordia areas his entire life and was a 1943 graduate of Concordia High School. He served in the United States Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theater as a pharmacist mate. On Dec. 6, 1947, he married Lois Ruth Wiebusch, who preceded him in death on Jan. 12, 2017. Lester worked in the dairy industry for over 40 years, retiring in 1988. While living in Emma he was active in many community activities, as well as serving in various positions, and was an active member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church where he served on several boards and committees. When he and Lois moved to the Lutheran Good Shepherd Home in Concordia, they transferred their membership to St. Paulís Lutheran Church in Concordia. He was a member of V.F.W. Post 5649.
Survivors include two daughters, Cheryl Spiegelhalter and husband John of Concordia, and Lori Connell and husband Joe of Concordia; one son, Keith Dierking and wife Karen of Golden, Colo.; six grandchildren: Stephen Spiegelhalter and wife Meg, Kristen Tinsman and husband Bob, Justin Dierking and wife Heidi, Jonathan Dierking and wife Pia, Brian Connell and wife Sarah, and Kevin Connell and wife Cathryn; 12 great-grandchildren; one sister, Eunice Wilkens of Concordia; one sister-in-law, Jean Dierking of Pleasant Hill; as well as nephews and a niece.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.