ULYSSES — Bernard W. "Bernie" Dieker, 86, of Ulysses, died Tuesday, May 29, 2012, at Bob Wilson Memorial Hospital in Ulysses.
He was born June 7, 1925, in Westphalia, to Clement and Lena Weber Dieker. He graduated from high school in Westphalia.
On Dec. 15, 1945, he married Evonne Lucille Ferrell in Syracuse.
A Ulysses resident since 1947, Mr. Dieker began working for Hugoton Production Company and retired as a plant operator from Mesa Petroleum in 1989. When not working at the plant, he also hauled freight locally and worked at Champion Filling Station, Merritt Oil and Tarbet Redi-Mix.
In addition to his wife, survivors include two sons, Steve Dieker of Ulysses, and Eddie Dieker of Iola; three daughters, Patricia Yohn of Ulysses, Shirley Russ of Yorktown, Va., and Debbie Pate of Elkhart; 12 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Ann Michael and Marie Lutz; and six brothers, William, Frederick, Clarence, Raymond, Robert and Paul Dieker.
Vigil service will begin at 7 p.m. Friday at Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Ulysses. Funeral Mass will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the church. Burial will follow at Ulysses Cemetery.
Visitation hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at Garnand Funeral Home in Ulysses. Memorials are suggested to the Arthritis Foundation or the Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church bell tower fund, both in care of the funeral home, 405 W. Grant Ave., Ulysses, KS 67880.