Frank W. Dierkes

May 21, 1921 - October 24, 2013

05/21/1921 - 10/24/2013

DIERKES, Frank W., 92, of Wheeling, W.Va., died Thursday, October 24, 2013.

He was born on May 21, 1921, in Wheeling, a son of the late Frederick and Anna Hell Dierkes. He was a member of Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Wheeling. He was also a member of the Hill Hoppers Radio Control Airplane Club. He was a U.S. Air Force Veteran and served 10 years with the Air Force Reserve.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Stella M. Bobak Dierkes, five brothers, Louie, Jimmy, Alfred, Clemens, and George, and three sisters, Marie Dierkes, Madelyn Lotz, and Marcella Platt.

He is survived by his daughter, Carolyn Ralph Phelps of Hurricane, W.Va.; one grandson, Brad Phelps; one great grandson, Alec Phelps; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The family would like to sincerely thank Bob and Nancy Dierkes for all their care and compassion.

Friends will be received on Sunday, October 27, 2013 from 4-6 pm at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, Elm Grove Chapel, 154 Kruger Street, Wheeling where a vigil service will be held at 4:00 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 11 am at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church with Rev. Dennis R. Schuelkens Jr. as celebrant. Interment will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Wheeling.

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Cheryl Becker
7 years ago


I was so sorry to learn of Frank’s passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I will miss your midnight calls.


Marla Hanket
7 years ago


My father Jack Leasure worked with your father at the News-Register years ago. They were good friends and even vacationed in Hawaii together..I’m sorry for your loss..Frank and Stella were both wonderful people

Haven Stuart
7 years ago

Carolyn, ,my heart is broken for you. Always keep your good memories

and take comfort in them.

Much love, Stu and Bill

Linda Maruca Zeik
7 years ago

Dear Carolyn,

You may not remember me, however we were childhood friends when we both lived on 29th Street. We were quite young but I still remember you as my first “best friend” and have thought of you often throughout the years. I also remember your parents and grandmother. Just wanted you to know I’m thinking of you and wanted to express my deepest sympathy to you and your family.


Linda Maruca Zeik

Debbie AKA Taddia Schaafsma
7 years ago

Dear Dierkes Family, My condolences on the passing of Frank.

Cheryl J Skinner, Patriot Guard
7 years ago

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time May you come to know that the love of God is with you always, may your memories of Frank W. Dierkes give you peace, comfort and strength…

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your work on earth is done. I thank you for your service and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.

Frank W. Dierkes, is “A True American Hero” God Bless†

† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

Lyda and Bob Cox
7 years ago

So sorry for your loss. Prayers that God will see you through this trying time.

Bluie and Chuck Eder
7 years ago

We will miss Uncle Frank, he was a wonderful person and reminded me so much of my pap!

Thinking of you and your family!