Milton J. Dierckman, 84, Batesville, died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, at Christ Hospital, Cincinnati.
Born May 22, 1928, in Morris, he was the son of Ruth (Kirschner) and Edward Dierckman. He married Marie Schneider Aug. 20, 1952, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Morris.
He was a farmer and worked for Batesville Casket Co. as a mechanic for 40 years before retiring in 1993. He was an Army veteran during the Korean War and a member of St. Louis Catholic Church and the Oldenburg Knights of St. John.
Milton enjoyed farming and was a mechanic by trade. He could fix anything and when a part could not be found, he would either weld it or make a new one with his metal lathes, whether it was at work or on the farm. He also enjoyed working with small motors in his shop. His family lovingly referred to him as the “Junk Collector and Recycler” for having accumulated and collected many items over the years.
In his spare time, Milton enjoyed watching the “Lawrence Welk Show,” “Bonanza,” “Matlock” and “60 Minutes” and could often be found reading the newspaper, farm papers and farm magazines. According to his family, Milton had a sweet tooth. He loved ice cream, pies, cookies and hard candies, just to name a few. Milton loved his 1947 Army jeep and could often be found taking rides with his family and even taught some of his kids how to drive. Milton’s true passion was his family, especially spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was truly a good husband and father.
He is survived by his wife; daughters and son-in-law Ginny Lows and Joyce and Bob Kessens, Batesville; sons and daughters-in-law Ron and Marlene Dierckman, Fort Wayne, Jerry and Sandy Dierckman, Greensburg, and Ed and Diane Dierckman, Batesville; sister Cleora (Bob) Kuntz, Brookville; brothers Joseph, Elmer and Ralph Dierckman, Batesville; 15 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Ricky; and sisters Roberta Brunsman and Dolores Reer.
Visitation is Tuesday, Dec. 18, from 4-8 p.m. at Weigel Funeral Home. Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, at St. Louis Catholic Church with the Rev. Randy Summers officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military rites conducted by the Batesville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3183 and Prell-Bland American Legion Post 271.
The family requests memorials to St. Louis School or a charity of the donor’s choice.