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|Gordon Rollo Dierks
July 26, 1944 – May 29, 2017
|Gordon Rollo Dierks, 72, died unexpectedly on Memorial Day, May 29, 2017, at his home in Flagstaff, Arizona. There were no services.
His survivors include his wife, Cathy; son, Brian (wife Kenya); grandson, Nickolaus (wife Kristen); and granddaughter Thairyn; and his daughter, Rachel; his sister, Cynthia “Cindy” (Kurt) Gunther; and brother, Neil (Kristie) Dierks; sister-in-law, Saundra Dierks; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Errol, and his parents, Harry and Winnoa “Snooks’” (Hartford) Dierks.
Gordon was born July 26, 1944, in Monticello and was educated in the Monticello Community schools, graduating in 1963. He graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in economics and was a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. He married Cathy O’Connor in August 1966. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and after active duty served in the U. S. Naval Reserves, retiring as a Commander after a career of more than thirty years. He worked in the fields of banking, manufacturing, and aerospace and was currently employed in the contract negotiations group at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. He received a M. A. in accounting from the University of Vermont.
Gordon was membership chair (V.P.) of the Military Officers Association of American, Grand Canyon Chapter, at the time of his death. He enjoyed gardening, motorcycling and the Green Bay Packers.
Gordon’s middle name was Rollo in honor of his Uncle Rollo Harford who died in the Second World War. Gordon was born on the first anniversary of Rollo’s death. Gordon continued to honor Rollo’s memory throughout his life by his association with various veterans groups, and his military career was second only to his pride and devotion to his family.
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