Wallace Dierking, 78, of Marshall, died Friday, Aug. 5, 2005, at Mar-Saline Manor in Marshall.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 8, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Marshall. Rev. Douglas A. Dubisar officiated. Judy Klasing, organist, played congregational hymns "Abide With Me," "Go, My Children, With My Blessing" and "Beautiful Savior." Pallbearers were Christopher Dierking, Joel Dierking, Rebecca Dierking, Timothy Dierking, Johnathan Dierking, Jeffrey Dierking, Kellen Brandt and Luke Brandt. Burial with military rites was in Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Blackburn. Memorials are suggested to the Marshall Senior Center or Mar-Saline Manor.
Born April 14, 1927, in Blackburn, he was the son of the late Paul Dierking and Lydia Kollmeier Dierking. On April 17, 1949, he married Dorothy Roehrs, who preceded him in death Jan. 19, 1983. On Jan. 1, 1984, he married Alberta Hightower Dierking, who survives of the home. He had lived in Marshall since 1984, moving from a farm near Blackburn. He was a farmer and a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Marshall. He was a past member of the Saline County Cattlemen's Association. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a member of Malta Bend American Legion Post 558. He had served on the Blackburn school board and Blackburn Special Road District.
Additional survivors include two sons, Lesley Dierking of rural Malta Bend and Merle Dierking of rural Blackburn; one daughter, Jana Brandt of rural Blackburn; one stepson, Ed Hightower of Marshall; five stepdaughters, Mary Dyer of Independence, Beth Thomas of Olathe, Kan., Jeanne Scheef of Marshall, Nancy Campbell of Chico, Calif., and Lana Hightower of Independence; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; seven stepgrandchildren; six stepgreat-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and first wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Milton Dierking and Harvey Dierking; and three sisters, Alice Vogelsmeier, Lorene Zumbehl and Helen Dierking.