Wilbur Marion Dierker of Lonedell, MO, departed this life in Fenton, MO, on May 9, 2018, having reached the age of eighty-four years, five months and thirteen days. Wilbur was born in Maupin, MO, on November 26, 1933, son of Vollmer William Dierker and Fannie Ethel Dierker nee Edsell. On June 25, 1955, he was united in marriage to Sara Josephine Cordia and four children came to bless this union.
Wilbur is survived by his wife, Sara Dierker of Lonedell, MO; by his two sons, James Dierker, known to most as Jimmy, and wife, Lena, of Lonedell and Kenneth J. Dierker and wife, Tiger, of Grubville, MO; by his two daughters, Cheryl Long and husband, Gary, of Fenton, MO, and Charlotte Purviance and husband, David, of Eureka, MO; by eight grandchildren, Amanda Robbins and husband, Brian, of St. Clair, MO, Ryan Dierker and wife, Sarah, of St. Clair, Travis Dierker and wife, Andrea, of St. Clair, Emily Purviance of Wildwood, MO, Wayne Dierker of St. Clair, Adam Purviance and wife, Maria, of Jersey City, NJ, Samantha Jo Dierker of Grubville and Mikayla Jo Dierker of Grubville; by four great-grandsons, Luke, Jude and Eli Dierker of St. Clair and Bo Robbins of St. Clair; by brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends.
Wilbur was preceded in death by his parents, Vollmer and Fannie Dierker; by six brothers, Kenneth, Nelson, Ervin, Charles, Warren E., Sr. and Leland Dierker, and by three sisters, Roberta Davis, Melba Lenders and Shirley Dierker.
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, MO. He then began working as the caretaker for Peppermint Springs in Grubville, MO, working for the Bromwich family for thirty-three years. He was still working at Peppermint Springs when he took on the job of custodian and maintenance man for the Lonedell R-14 School District and remained with the school for twenty-six years. During these years he raised his own cattle and hay and worked maintaining his own farm. He was passionate about John Deere tractors. Wilbur had 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.
A devoted and loving husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather, 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.
Graveside services were held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, May 19, 2018, at Elmwood Cemetery in Lonedell, MO. Memorials may be made to the cemetery. The family of Wilbur Dierker entrusted the care of their loved one to Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO.