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Wilbur M. Dierker


1933 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Wilbur M. Dierker Obituary
Wilbur Marion Dierker, 84, Lonedell, departed this life Wednesday, May 9, 2018, in Fenton.

Wilbur was born Nov. 26, 1933, in Maupin, the son of Vollmer William Dierker and wife Fannie Ethel, nee Edsell. On June 25, 1955, he was united in marriage to Sara Josephine Cordia, and four children came to bless this union.

Wilbur was a Christian of the Baptist faith, believing in the Lord as his Savior. During his working career, he worked for several years at General Barite Tiff Company in Blackwell. He then began working as the caretaker for Peppermint Springs in Grubville, working for the Bromwich family for 33 years. He was still working at Peppermint Springs when he took on the job of custodian and maintenance man for the Lonedell R-XIV School District, and remained with the school for 26 years. During those years, he raised his own cattle and hay and worked maintaining his own farm. He was passionate about John Deere tractors. Wilbur served on the Elmwood Church Cemetery Board since 1956. He was an outdoorsman at heart and loved working in his yard and garden. Having hayrides and bonfires with family and friends was a favorite family event. He loved to go fishing and hunting, especially for deer and turkey, and actively participated in coon hunting. His children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren held a very special place in his heart, and he cherished the time he spent with them. The love they shared and many precious memories they created will never be forgotten.

Wilbur is survived by his wife, Sara Dierker, Lonedell; two sons, James Dierker, known to most as Jimmy, and wife Lena, Lonedell, and Kenneth J. Dierker and wife Tiger, Grubville; two daughters, Cheryl Long and husband Gary, Fenton, and Charlotte Purviance and husband David, Eureka; eight grandchildren, Amanda Robbins and husband Brian, Ryan Dierker and wife Sarah, Travis Dierker and wife Andrea, all of St. Clair, Emily Purviance, Wildwood, Wayne Dierker, St. Clair, Adam Purviance and wife Maria, Jersey City, N.J., Samantha Jo Dierker and Mikayla Jo Dierker, both of Grubville; four great-grandsons, Luke, Jude and Eli Dierker, and Bo Robbins, all of St. Clair; brothers- and sisters-in-law; nieces; nephews; great- and great-great-nieces and -nephews; cousins; and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Vollmer and Fannie Dierker; six brothers, Kenneth, Nelson, Ervin, Charles, Warren E. Sr. and Leland Dierker; and three sisters, Roberta Davis, Melba Lenders and Shirley Dierker.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 19, at Elmwood Cemetery, Lonedell.

Memorials may be made to Elmwood Cemetery, Lonedell.

The family of Wilbur Dierker entrusts the care of their loved one to Russell Colonial Funeral Home, St. Clair.
Published in The Missourian on May 16, 2018
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