Bernard (Bernie) Dierks, 82, passed away on March 15, 2021. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Ann Catholic Church, 72ndand Mission Road, Prairie Village, Kansas on Saturday, March 20th at 12:00 pm. A Rosary will be said prior to Mass starting at 11:15 am. The Mass will be available for live stream viewing at www.stannpv.org/berniedierks. The burial will be private for family at Mt. Olivet.
Bernie was born on May 31, 1938 in Kansas City, Missouri to Harry and Helen (McKeever) Dierks. He graduated from St. Elizabeth’s grade school, Rockhurst High School, and the University of Notre Dame. He married Suzanne (Sue) Dierks in 1966 and settled in Prairie Village, Kansas in 1967. He was involved with the family lumber business until it was sold. He loved God, his wife and family and his Catholic faith. Service to others, joy, and humor were hallmarks of his personality. He was an Eagle Scout, a member of the Knights of Malta, the Serra Club, and the Knights of Columbus. He served on numerous boards including: Chair of the Board of Providence/St. John hospitals, Chair of the Board of Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, Rockhurst High School Board of Trustees and Father’s Club, Notre Dame de Sion Father’s Club, the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas School Board, Savior of the World Pastoral Center Board, St. Ann’s Parish Council, the Notre Dame Alumni Board, and Boy Scout Troop 98. In 1982, he and other St. Ann school families initiated the “yellow trash bag” sales as a yearly fundraiser. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife of 50 years, Sue. Bernie is survived by his children: Chris (Angie) Dierks of Leawood, Kansas; Angie (Chris Brown) Dierks of North Yarmouth, Maine; and Michael Dierks of Overland Park, Kansas; and grandchildren: Finn, Allie, Emily, Theo, and Connor. His brother, Peter Dierks, of Boulder, Colorado also survives him.
The family would like to thank Regina Taylor and Sister Sylvia, Sister Servants of Mary, for their recent care and compassion.
Memorials can be sent to Rockhurst High School, 9301 State Line Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64114.