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Robert William “Bob” Dierks, 86, of Chokio, Minnesota fell asleep in the Lord on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, following a lengthy battle with CLL, at the Grace Home in Graceville, Minnesota. He is fondly remembered as a man with three great loves: his family, his faith, and his farm.
The funeral for Bob will be held Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, in Chokio, with Minister Minette Stalheim Johnson officiating. Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 7 p.m., with a service of family sharing at 7:00 p.m. at the Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris and Saturday, one hour prior to services at the church. Bob will be laid to rest at the Chokio Lutheran Cemetery, as he awaits the return of Christ and his resurrection from the dead.
Robert William Dierks, son of Gerhardt and Opal (Hendrickson) Dierks was born on September 12, 1932 in Flandreau, South Dakota. He was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith. As a young child, the family made their way to the Chokio area and established the family farm. During high school, Bob’s father was killed in an accident; Bob not only continued his schooling and graduated but began operating the family farm to help provide for his mother and younger siblings. He was united in marriage on August 29, 1954, to his high school sweetheart Yvonne Asmus. The couple made their home on the Dierks Family Farm where they raised their six children. In 1987, the couple moved into Chokio. Yvonne passed away on March 14, 2011. Bob continued to live in Chokio and actively farmed until the time of his death.
He was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and served many years on the church council. Bob served on the Chokio Equity Exchange Board, and Everglade Township Board. He enjoyed bowling and gardening.
Bob is survived by six children: Dan (Connie) Dierks, Schererville, IN, Rae Ann (Tim) Staples, Starbuck, MN, Tamie Schuster, and Gary (Tammy) Dierks, all of Chokio, MN, Patti (Dennis) Pullis, Graceville, MN, and Rob (Lorelei) Dierks, Chokio, MN; one brother: Daryl (Phyllis) Dierks, St. Peter, MN; 18 grandchildren: Matthew Dierks, Marcie (Sean) Welsh, Tyler (Jody) Staples, Evan (Jessie) Staples, Breanna (Josh) Sherlin, Cassandra (Romel) Cyril, Dylan (Krista) Schuster, Amanda (Aaron) Shippy, Whitney (Matthew) Fischer, Megan (Jaden) Mitzel, and Austin (fiancé, Jessica Broekemeier) Dierks, Travis (Kaylene) Pullis, Kody (Jessica) Pullis, Wylie (friend, Alison Szczur) Pullis, Charlie Pullis, and Lindsey, Dalton and Parker Dierks; 16 great-grandchildren: Lucy and Ellie Staples, Brynn and Holden Staples, Thatcher and Odin Scherlin, Schoubert and Bryson Cyril, Jemma and Vayda Schuster, Lauren and Addison Shippy, Lennon and Nova Fischer, Jack Mitzel, and Waylon Pullis. Bob was preceded in death by his wife, parents, in-laws: Paul and Frieda Asmus, two sisters: Betty Boe and Marilyn Welborn, one sister-in-law: Fran Asmus, and three brothers-in-law: Oliver Boe, Rex Welborn and Ordell Asmus.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials are given to a charity of your choice.
The Dierks Family would like to say thank you to all those who have shared prayer, given food, or simply thought of our family in the passing of our beloved father. In lieu of thank you cards the family will be making a donation in Bob’s name to a charity. Thank you.
Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris, Minnesota is in care of the funeral arrangements. An online guest book can be signed at www.pedersenfh.com.