Memorial funeral services to celebrate the life of Richard A. ”Dick” Dierickx, 82, a resident of Bettendorf, Iowa will be 11:30 a.m. Thursday, January 6, 2011 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Bettendorf.
His family will greet friends Wednesday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, 614 Main Street, Davenport, Iowa. Burial will take place in National Cemetery, Rock Island, Illinois where military services will be conducted. Mr. Dierickx died Sunday, January 2, 2011 at Trinity Pathway Hospice, Bettendorf surrounded by his loving family.
Richard Anthony Dierickx was born April 21, 1928 in Davenport, a son of Francis Xavier and Ida (Dodds) Dierickx. Dick proudly served our country in the U.S. Army during WWII. He was a graduate of Ambrose Academy. He married Arrena “Joyce” Bryan, May 16, 1989.
Dick grew up on a farm in Clinton County and was self-employed at Dick Dierickx Home Improvement where he continued to work long into retirement. Dick spent his winters in Bella Vista, Arkansas and was active with many organizations both there and in the Quad Cities, including, a 4th degree Member of the Knights of Columbus, Serra Club, life member of the Moose Club, and the Civil Air Patrol to name just a few. Dick loved golf, fishing, traveling, flying his airplane, the auto auctions and his faithful dog Lucy; but his greatest joy in life came from spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
Memorials can be made to either Trinity Hospice or Assumption High School.
Survivors include his loving wife, Joyce and his children and their spouses; Richard A. Dierickx, II, Naples, FL, Kathy (Robert) O’Rourke, Geneseo, Sara (Michael) Thoms, Rock Island, John (Joleen) Dierickx, Moline, IL, Thomas Dierickx, Davenport, Tony Dierickx, DeWitt, IA, Regina (Kerry) Dexter, Wheatland, IA; two step daughters Michelle Postell, Atkinson, IL and Gretchen (Brett) Kramer, Wheatland, IA; and one step-son, Greg Bryan, Bella Vista, AR; 13 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren; one sister, Marita Whisler, of AZ; three brothers, August”Morris” (Joanne) Dierickx, of Wisconsin, Paul (Nelda) Dierickx, Durant, and John Dierickx, of Arizona.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Lucille Wertish and Regina Bernat, and two brothers, Warren and Donald Dierickx. May they rest in peace.
Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Richard’s obituary at www.hmdfuneralhome.com.