|Birth: ||Sep. 17, 1928|
|Death: ||Feb. 19, 2011|
Otis R. "Rod" Dierking
(September 17, 1928 - February 19, 2011)
Local hustler, Rod Dierking, 82, of Atchison, KS, passed away at Atchison Medicalodge on Saturday evening, February 19, 2011.
He was born on a farm south of town, September 17, 1928 and was a lifelong Atchison resident. After high school Rod briefly joined the Marines until they found out about his notoriously bad feet. Upon his return to Atchison, he held many jobs, tobacco salesman, bartender, security guard eventually landing a job with Midwest Solvents, at the time a company new in town. While at Midwest Solvents, Rod got to running with a pretty rough Good Intent crowd. It was in that neighborhood he met his wife of 40 years, JoAnn Finnegan. They married Thanksgiving 1952 and upon return from their honeymoon, Rod was laid off from Midwest Solvents. He sold suits briefly for George Diebolt and in early 1953 went to work for Bob Staley at American Loan. In 1955 Rod was promoted to manager of the Grand Island, Nebraska American Loan office. It was there in 1956 Rod and JoAnn had their first child, a son, Mark. In 1957 Rod transferred back home with American Loan and in 1959, Rod and JoAnn welcomed the birth of their second child, a girl, Denise.
In 1960 Rod began an over 20 year career managing the local water utility. One of his many achievements with the utility was the construction of a state of the art intake facility on the Missouri River. The 60's, 70's and 80's saw Rod develop business interests too numerous for a complete listing. Among them are Hy-view mobile home park, Wilson Dierking Liquor, Staley Dierking Auction, Staley Dierking Finance, various real estate investments, and the business that kept him running hard into his 80's, Staley Dierking Bail Bonds.
Along the way, Rod managed to cultivate a wide array of interest. Probably the two most passionately pursued were horses and boats. His "teams" took him to Civil War re-enactments, numerous local wedding parties, and across the state of Wyoming. They've also took him underneath low limbs, over the sides of bridges, and smashed a toe or two. His boats took him every navigable mile of the Missouri, Illinois, Mississippi and Hudson rivers and most of the Ohio, Red, Tennessee, Cumberland, Green, St. Johns, Suwannee, Sacramento, Erie Canal and many more. He navigated every mile of the Intercoastal Waterway from the mouth of Mobile Bay to New York harbor and three of the five Great Lakes.
Rod is survived by a daughter, Denise Goforth, Peoria, IL, grandson Ben Goforth, Peoria, IL, a granddaughter, Jill Goforth, St. Paul, MN, a granddaughter, Madeline Dierking, Atchison, a son, Mark and daughter-in-law, Connie, and granddaughter, Andrea, all of Palm Harbor, FL, a sister, Rose Dunn, Atchison.
He counted thousands as personal friends and never met a stranger. We're all a little better for knowing him. Sometime in the near future we're all going to get together for a remembrance. Stay tuned for details. Arensberg-Pruett Funeral Home has been entrusted with the final arrangements.
Created by: Sue
Record added: Feb 21, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 65966669
Added: Feb. 21, 2011