MARION — Col. Larry “Dirk” Dierksen, (Ret.), 80, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, Dec. 2, 2019.
Dirk was born June 6, 1939, in Hutchinson, Kansas, the son of Leo and Gwen (Gass) Dierksen.
He married Sharon “Sammie” (Samuelson) Dierksen on Nov. 4, 1961, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and together they shared more than 51 years of marriage.
Dirk proudly served our country from June 1960 to July 1990. He enlisted and began his career as an Airman 1st class and retired as a Colonel.
He enjoyed many hobbies including golfing, hunting, fishing, mantle duck carving, photography and was a long-time naturalist.
He was a member of Lake of Egypt Christian Church, Franklin County Country Club Men's Golf Association, Marion Elks Club and Zeigler Eagle Club. Dirk also served in many different capacities as a member of the Little Egypt Chapter of Military Officers Association of America.
Dirk is survived by his son, Logan Dierksen and wife, Ann, of Mascoutah; daughter, Laurie Orr and husband, Gene, of Winchester, Virginia; six grandchildren, Karen Riffe of Winchester, Virginia, Kelsey (Dierksen) Rubio and husband, Francisco of St. Louis, Kurtis Orr of Winchester, Virginia, Samantha Orr of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Katryn Dierksen of St. Louis, and Logan Aaron Dierksen of Mascoutah; three great-grandsons, Leon, Caspian, and Rafael Rubio; brother, Dennis Dierksen and wife, Karen, of Port St. Lucie, Florida; brother-in-law, Dennis Samuelson and wife, Annette of Prescott Valley, Arizona; and several nieces and a nephew.
He was preceded in death by his wife and his parents.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, in Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home in Marion, with Brother Leroy Waggoner officiating. Military rites will be presented by members of the VFW Post 1301, American Legion Post 147 and the Air Force flag detail unit. Visitation will be Saturday from noon until the time of service at the funeral home.
For those who prefer, memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516. Envelopes will be available and accepted at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home or online at support.woundedwarriorproject.org.