Chester H. Diercks, 85, Marshfield, a former Stevens Point resident and father of a Stevens Point woman, died Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, at House of the Dove in Marshfield, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, at Rembs Funeral Home in Marshfield. Interment will be in Columbia Cemetery in the town of Hewett in Clark County.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 11 a.m. Sunday until the service.
Condolences may be offered online at www.rembsfh.com.
Mr. Diercks was born Feb. 18, 1928, in Illinois, a son of the late Carl and Viva (Kier) Diercks. The family settled in Neillsville, and he was involved in many different sports and theater throughout his school years. He was a 1946 graduate of Neillsville High School.
He was married to LaDona Lightfoot July 22, 1950. She died Sept. 3, 1983.
The Diercks built a home west of the Silver Dome Ballroom in Neillsville where they resided for many years.
He 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 more than 40 years, retiring as sergeant first class.
They moved to the Stevens Point area in 1972 where he worked at Steel King until his retirement.
Survivors include three daughters, Cindy (LaVern) Masanz, Marshfield, Terry Reich, Las Vegas, Nev., and Sherry Woytasik, Stevens Point; one son, Craig (Cheryl), Neillsville; one brother, Eugene (Wahnita), Vesper; one sister, Shirley Poeschell, Mondovi; 16 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by one brother, Roland; two sisters, Ruby in infancy and Janet McMilland; and one great-grandson.