William J. Dierkes age 94 of Greenville, passed away at 5:34 a.m. Sunday, April 21, 2019 at HSHS Holy Family Hospital in Greenville.
Graveside Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 19, 2019 at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis with Full Military Honors. Memorials in Bill’s honor may be made to the Bond County Senior Citizen’s Center at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.
William Joseph Dierkes, the son of Henry and Ida Ingendorf Dierkes, was born on June 15, 1924 in St. Louis, MO. Bill grew up there and attended the St. Louis Public Schools. Bill answered his country’s call by joining the United States Army on April 1, 1943 at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri, and served overseas for 1 year, 8 months and 28 days. He was honorably discharged on December 17, 1945 at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal. Bill came to Greenville in December of 1945 where he worked for a Highland Car dealer in the Body Shop. Bill and his brother Henry then owned and operated the Dierkes Auto Service on South Fourth Street in Greenville for many decades.
William and Margaret Luttrell were united in marriage on May 17, 1993 in Greenville and she preceded him in death on October 30. 2006.
While William did not have any children of his own, he was “Uncle Bill” to several generations of nieces, nephews and friends. He loved to spend time on the banks of the Illinois River where he taught many friends and family to boat and water-ski.
William is the last of his generation of seven Dierkes children, being preceded in death by Henry Albert Dierkes, Ida Mae Bauer, Ellen Dierkes, Thomas Dierkes, Jeanette Luttrell, and Delores Ausdemore.
William was a former member of the Odd Fellows Lodge in Greenville.