Martin John William Dierks passed away on June 2, 2017 at the
Pleasant View Home in Inman, KS. Born at home on April 30, 1926 to parents Malinda (Schoepf) and Albert Dierks of Haven, KS, Martin was the third generation of Dierks to call the farm between Haven and
Yoder, KS home. To keep both sets of grandparents happy he was given two middle names but later dropped John and used only William in
life. Martin had two younger sisters Evelyn (Keith) Headings and
Lois (Roy) Lanning.
The family farm was originally 110 acres and used horses for farming. By Martin's generation it was 40 acres and during the ensuing years
raised Holstein cattle with a small dairy, sheep, rabbits, chickens,
farm dogs and cats, Angus beef cattle, wheat and alfalfa. Although
John Deere tractors were used for most of the farm work towards
the end it switched to Minneapolis-Moline tractors. Martin owned two
of which he was very proud taking excellent care of them until
he retired from farming in the late 1990s.
The rural country Olive School gave Martin his formal education for
grades 1 through 6. He attended the St. Paul Lutheran School for
grades 7 and 8. Haven Rural High School completed his education
when he graduated in 1944.
On July 22, 1944, Martin reported for active duty with the Army Air
Forces for WWII. He took basic training at Buckley Field in Denver,
CO and then specialized training at Keesler Army Airfield, Aviation
Mechanics School, Biloxi, MS before shipping overseas to the South
Pacific. He served with the 1571 Army Air Forces Base Unit
Southwest Pacific Wing. During the war he was stationed at
New Guinea, Australia, Leyte, Luzon, Manila, Guam, Saipan,
Los Negros and Atsugi, Japan. Martin was part of the occupation forces in Japan after VJ Day until he was honorably discharged on August 8, 1946 with the rank of Sergeant.
On July 25, 1948 Martin married Elizabeth Reed at Lyons, KS who
preceded him in death. He is survived by their two daughters,
Nancy Schuster of Garnett, KS and Cynthia Dierks of Hutchinson, KS.
Farming 40 acres along with some rental ground in the 1950's as not
enough to raise a family on so Martin began working for construction
companies in 1955 until he retired in 1989. He worked for NFL
English, Ewing, Eby and the Law Construction Companies. He was a
lifetime member of Laborer's Union Local 1290 and St. Paul's Lutheran Church at Haven.
Martin lived on the farm he was born on until 2009 at which time he and Elizabeth moved to Hutchinson. In January, of 2017 he moved to
Pleasant View Home in Inman.
He is survived by grandchildren Miranda (Michael) Wilhelm of
Edwardsville, IL and Chuck (Katie) Schuster of New Strawn, KS
and five great-grandchildren Aurora Wilhelm, Madison Strawder-Coursen, Natalie Strawder and Ryan and Reagan Schuster.
Burial will be in the Laurel Cemetery at a later date. Memorials
can be made to the Hutchinson Animal Shelter, Encompass Home
Health & Hospice or the Pleasant View Home/The Plaza.