Elmer B. Dierckman, 89, Batesville, died Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at Margaret Mary Health.
Born March 16, 1924, in Ripley County, he was the son of Ruth (Kirschner) and Edward Dierckman. He married Rosemary Doll Aug. 12, 1950, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Morris, and she preceded him in death Feb. 25, 2006.
Elmer served in the Navy during World War II and after the service, he worked at Batesville Casket Co. as a welder for 38 years before retiring in August 1987. He was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church, Knights of St. John Commandery 276 and Batesville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3183.
Hearing Elmer’s name, one almost immediately thinks of his garden. Driving down Central Avenue during the summer, you couldn’t help but see that patch of ground full of tall, bushy and well-loaded plants bearing a bumper crop of vegetables year after year. Some things you may not know about Elmer include his love of ice cream, watching "Wheel of Fortune" and "Jeopardy," working crossword puzzles in addition to playing 500 and solitaire. In his earlier years he did some hunting, and the kids remember going fishing with Dad. He also made homemade wine for many years, enjoyed a cold beer, was an avid Notre Dame and Cincinnati Reds fan and had a knack for looking at something and seeing how it should go together. What he truly enjoyed was having his family together.
He is survived by his daughters Lola Fisher, Linda Dierckman, Barb Kruthaupt, Ellen Eckstein and Lisa Dierckman, Batesville; sons Roger, Dublin, Ohio, Dennis, Katy, Texas, Steve, Buford, Ga., Bill, Noblesville, and Bob, Sunman; sister Cleora Kuntz, Brookville; brothers Joe and Ralph, Batesville; 14 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by his parents, daughter Melaine, sisters Dolores Reer and Roberta Brunsman and brother Milton Dierckman.
Visitation is Friday, Jan. 3, from 4-7 p.m. at Weigel Funeral Home. Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, at St. Louis Church with the Rev. Dennis Duvelius officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military rites conducted by the Batesville VFW and Prell-Bland American Legion Post 271.
The family requests memorials to the Rosemary and Melanie Dierckman Oldenburg Academy Scholarship or Southeast Indiana Health Center.