Dierker, Leland James

Date: Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Time: 2:00 to 8:00 PM and after 9:00 AM on Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Visitation Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Date: Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM

Service Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Elmwood Cemetery, Lonedell, MO

Memorials / Donations:
May be made to the Polycystic Kidney Foundation


Leland James Dierker of Lonedell, MO, departed this life in Washington, MO, on January 5, 2018, having reached the age of ninety-two years, three months and eight days. Leland was born in Maupin, MO, on September 27, 1925, son of Vollmer William Dierker, known to all as William, and Fannie Ethel Dierker nee Edsell. As a young man he was united in marriage and blessed to have five children. On July 2, 1976, he was united in marriage to Lynda Estelle Davis nee Collins and their families were joined as one.

Leland is survived by his wife, Lynda Dierker of Lonedell, MO; by one son, Richard Dierker and wife, Carol, of Lonedell; by his daughters, Linda Dierker of Fenton, MO, Jacqueline Edwards and husband, Terry, of Hillsboro, MO and Nancy Dierker of Novi, MI; by his daughter-in-law, Mary Dierker of Lonedell; by his step-daughter, Sarah Weber and husband, Kevin, of DeSoto, MO; by one brother, Wilbur Dierker and wife, Sara, of Lonedell; by thirteen grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, one brother-in-law, nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends.

Leland was preceded in death by his parents, William and Fannie Dierker; by one son, Rickie L. Dierker; by five brothers, Kenneth, Nelson, Ervin, Charles and Warren E. Sr. Dierker; by his sisters, Roberta Davis, Melba Lenders and Shirley Dierker, and by one grandson, Jack Adinolfi.

Leland was a Christian and long time member of Prospect Baptist Church in Lonedell, MO. He was proud to have served his country in the United States Army during World War II, entering on October 21, 1944, and receiving his honorable discharge on December 1, 1946. He was a member of American Legion Post 347 and VFW Post 2482, both in St. Clair, MO. After his discharge he drove a truck in his father's livestock trucking business for a few years. He was a self employed farmer throughout his life, raising livestock, hay and many crops. He not only farmed his own ground, but often leased additional farm ground. In 1962, he went to work as a laborer for Pea Ridge Mines, and served the company for sixteen years, continuing to farm during those years. He enjoyed hunting and taking hunting trips to Colorado with his friends. His family was his pride and joy and he loved sharing his love of the MO State Fair with his grandchildren, taking each of them to the fair. He was truly an outdoorsman and continued to farm until about ten years ago.

A devoted and loving husband, father, father-in-law, step-father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, great and great-great-uncle, cousin and treasured friend, he will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved him.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 AM Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO, with the Rev. Ron Perry officiating, assisted by the Rev. Steve Hodges. Interment with full military honors was in Elmwood Cemetery in Lonedell, MO. Memorials may be made to the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation.