Obit: Diercks, Chester H. (1928 - 2013)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon

Surnames: Diercks, Kier, Lightfoot, Masanz, Reich, Woytasik, McMilland

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co, WI) 11/13/2013

Diercks, Chester H. (18 February 1928 - 6 November 2013) With Flag

Chester H. Diercks, 85, went home to his beloved wife, LaDona, Wednesday Nov. 6, 2013, at House of the Dove, Marshfield, after a long hard battle with Alzheimer’s.

Chester was born Feb. 18, 1928, in Illinois, the son of Carl and Viva (Kier) Diercks. His father was a farmer and eventually settled in Neillsville. Chester was involved in many different sports and theater throughout his school years. He was a 1946 graduate of Neillsville High School. He married LaDona Lightfoot July 22, 1950. She died Sept. 3, 1983.

The Diercks built a home west of the Silver Dome Ballroom west of Neillsville where they resided for many years. Chester worked as a mechanic, electrician and welder. He was also the bouncer at the Silver Dome for many years. He played softball as a pitcher for local teams. He was a member of the Wisconsin National Guard for over 40 years, retiring as Sergeant First Class. Chester and LaDona moved to the Stevens Point area in 1972, where he worked at Steel King from which he retired.

He is survived by his four children, Cindy (LaVern) Masanz of Marshfield, Terry Reich of Las Vegas, NV, Sherry Woytasik of Stevens Point and Craig (Cheryl) Diercks of Neillsville. He is also survived by 16 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his wife, LaDona; his parents; a brother, Roland; two sisters, Ruby in infancy and Janet McMilland; and a great-grandson.

A Memorial service was held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, at Rembs Funeral Home, Marshfield, with visitation from 11 a.m. until the time of service. Interment took place in the Columbia Cemetery, Town of Hewett (Clark County).

The family extends sincere thanks to Pine Ridge Alzheimer’s Care Unit and Clark County Health Care Center for the many years of loving care for Dad.

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